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A whole lotta talent

Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming

Album: Ellie Goulding, Lights (Polydor)

If Goulding looked a little awkward as she stepped up to receive the Critics' Choice award at The Brits, it's perhaps because the Herefordshire lass knew that she wasn't ready for it.

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Dido, Queen of Carthage, Cottesloe, National Theatre London

Apart from a garbled version in the Globe six years ago, Marlowe's first play is barely known and the first thing to say about this riveting revival by James Macdonald is: about bloody time, too! References to the play crop up in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and you could say that Antony and Cleopatra is in some ways a rewrite.

Album: Brighton Port Authority, I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Brighton Port Authority is the latest incarnation of Norman Cook. The concept is that BPA's songs could have been recorded "sometime during the Seventies", which really means it's a repository for stuff that wouldn't get the Fatboy Slim fans going nuts. And also an excuse to hook up with his friends. The novelty Afro-pop single "Toe Jam" has David Byrne in supremely irritating form, but Martha Wainwright's lover's rock number "Spade" is worthy of Susan Cadogan or Janet Kay.