Voices

It came as a shock last weekend to discover that among my fellow punters at a folk concert back in November 2012 was David Cameron. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister slyly hinted at the hipness of his musical tastes by revealing how he and Samantha snuck into a First Aid Kit gig as the Shepherd Bush Empire. Until then, I had flattered myself that I had a cool and recherché appreciation of music, and that hopefully I had avoided the pretentious music so often accompanied by the word “recherché”.

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Album: 10cc, Tenology (Universal)

Now that we have finally broken the connection between guilt and pleasure when it comes to music, it's time to reappraise these stalwarts of the 1970s pop charts.

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Clearly unafraid of a challenge, with Hello Land! Guillemots offer the first of a quartet of season-themed albums to be released by the end of the year.

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What to do when your lean, mean rocking machine (in this case, the Black Crowes) becomes a bloated behemoth?

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Album: Scent of Soil, Scent of Soil (Hubro)

They should have stuck a scratch'n'sniff card of rich Norwegian earth in with this intensely bucolic album fronted by composers Tore Brunborg on reeds and Rhodes, and vocalist Kirsti Huke.

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On her first album in seven years, Bonnie Raitt divides her efforts between fiery slide-guitar blues recorded with her own band, and a handful of tracks recorded with producer Joe Henry's bespoke band of specialist players including expressive drummer Jay Bellerose and omni-talented guitarist Bill Frisell.

The Jayhawks, The Barbican, London 

The Jayhawks are one the great unsung American bands of the 20 century. Gary Louris and Mark Olson, the chief songwriters and mainstays of this sensational country-rock act, are comparable to Squeeze luminaries Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, only without the hits and acclaim.

The Jayhawks at The Barbican, London 

The Jayhawks are one the great unsung American bands of the 20 century. Gary Louris and Mark Olson, the chief songwriters and mainstays of this sensational country-rock act, are comparable to Squeeze luminaries Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, only without the hits and acclaim.

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