Gilmore returns from the maternity ward to deliver a batch of songs pregnant with metaphor and abstraction, and a soft new production gloss.
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Sunday 20 February 2011
The trouble with boasting a number of singer-songwriters within the same band is one of identity: a problem that didn't hinder Rhode Island's the Low Anthem on their breakthrough album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin in 2009 but does here.
Sunday 16 January 2011
This dream-team amalgam of Brazilian singer-songwriter Cantuaria with genius-guitarist Frisell makes music that's as close to Ry Cooder as it is to jazz.
Sunday 16 January 2011
It is almost certainly for the best that, although longlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2011 confection, 28-year-old Londoner Anna Calvi did not make the top-five cut.
Sunday 28 November 2010
Azure Ray is the some-time project of singer-songwriters Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink.
Friday 19 November 2010
Co-written and produced with veteran songsmith Albert Hammond, Endlessly does exactly what is required by ratcheting up Duffy's sophistication without sacrificing the immediacy of "Mercy".
Friday 15 October 2010
Sunday 10 October 2010
The advance buzz on Stevens' sixth album proper was that the banjo-toter had gone digital.
Friday 08 October 2010
This year's Mercury Prize nominee and singer-songwriter Conor J O'Brien is an expert storyteller. From the minute he appears on stage, the packed Scala crowd are hushed in charmed fascination and stand rigidly, as though they daren't move in case they break their trance.
Sunday 03 October 2010
More cultural curio than lost classic, this is the 40th- anniversary edition of an album that, though often mentioned in the same breath as Forever Changes, was not available to buy until 2005.
Friday 24 September 2010
This life-enhancing harvest of 34 poems reveals Duffy as a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair. From early collections such as Mean Time to a preview of the forthcoming The Bees, the Poet Laureate runs passion's gamut from wild infatuation through absence and infidelity, break-ups, grief and solitude. .
Sunday 05 September 2010
Busy, heartfelt, garrulous English pop-rock like an overheard rant in a provincial pub: compelling, because it appears to reveal so much; frustrating, because the sheer volume of words drowns the valley.
Friday 03 September 2010
Sunday 29 August 2010
Drummers' solo albums. Hmmm.
Thursday 12 August 2010
The grandmother at the centre of Gordon Brown's "bigotgate" election disaster made another foray into politics - in support of his party.
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- 2 Rocky Horror star Tim Curry 'suffers major stroke'
- 3 Exclusive: How MI5 blackmails British Muslims
- 5 Farewell, Shameless. Your heirs have work to do
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