Morrissey, World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Harvest) ****

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4:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

WHAT do you want from a Morrissey solo album in 2014?

Bright Light Bright Light, Life Is Easy (Self Raising Records) ***

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4:07pm Thursday 31st July 2014

NAMED after the line squealed by the furry character Gizmo in the 1984 movie Gremlins, Bright Light Bright Light is actually a very accomplished nu-disco synthpop artist, Rod Thomas.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye (Reprise) ****

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4:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

IT’S a scarcely believable 37 years since Tom Petty released Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll and began his scorching journey into the heart of that elusive American dream.

Slow Club, Complete Surrender, (Caroline), ****

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4:04pm Thursday 31st July 2014

ADMIT it, Sheffield duo Slow Club have largely passed you by.

Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics (Proper) *****

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4:04pm Thursday 31st July 2014

AT A glance, this latest Richard Thompson album doesn’t seem much, just a compilation of favourite songs. Yet one listen dispels such doubts, as Thompson pulls 14 songs from his capacious song suitcase, dust them off and offers new, reinvigorated versions.

Natalie Merchant (Nonesuch) ***

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4:03pm Thursday 31st July 2014

This has been a long time coming. 13 years to be exact since Motherland, Merchant’s last offering, so has it been worth the wait? At times, yes. She’s certainly come a long way since her days with 10,000 Maniacs.

Manic Street Preachers, Futurology (Sony Music) ***

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3:47pm Thursday 24th July 2014

“WE’LL COME back one day, we never really went away”, sings James Dean Bradfield on the Manics’ new title track. Given it’s been less than a year since their last album, there’s some truth to that.

John Fullbright, Songs (Blue Dirt Records) *****

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3:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

FULLBRIGHT’S assured debut, From The Ground Up, marked him out as a musician to look out for. The follow-up cements such hopes, although it does so by taking a different direction.

Gramercy Arms, The Season Of Love (Reveal Records) ***

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3:46pm Thursday 24th July 2014

FIVE years in the making, these 36 minutes have clearly been painstakingly put together by this New York collective.

The Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress (Dualtone) **

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3:45pm Thursday 24th July 2014

YOU can’t practise spontaneity, but that is The Felice Brothers’ forlorn aspiration on their fifth studio album.

La Roux, Trouble In Paradise (Polydor) ****

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3:44pm Thursday 24th July 2014

TROUBLE In Paradise appears an appropriate title for the second album by La Roux. For despite winning the award for the best electronic/dance album at the Grammy Awards, and scoring a number two UK album with the debut self-titled collection in 2008, the act have had a turbulent time in the past six years.

Bellowhead, Revival (Island) ****

York Press:

2:25pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HERE’S a story that somehow failed to make the pages of this newspaper.

Various Artistes, Nile Rodgers presents Disco Inferno (Warner Music) *****

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2:24pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Although there are several dozen Disco Classic compilations available from the discount racks in garages and supermarkets, most are greatly disappointing, as all they offer nothing new and simply regurgitate the same old songs.

Honeyblood, Honeyblood, (Fatcat), **

York Press:

2:23pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE problem with advancing years, and increasingly greying temples, is that fewer things surprise you. You’ve heard it all before.

Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin (Merge Records) ****

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2:17pm Thursday 17th July 2014

BOB Mould doesn’t break the mould on Beauty & Ruin, and a good thing, too.

Sebastien Tellier, L’Aventura, (Because Music UK) ***

York Press:

2:15pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE fifth album from French singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tellier is part concept album part elevator music.

The Moral of the Elephant, Martin and Eliza Carthy (Topic) ****

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12:58pm Thursday 10th July 2014

AFTER 50 years as English folk music’s guiding light there’s not much left for Martin Carthy to achieve.

George Ezra, Wanted On Voyage (Sony) ***

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12:57pm Thursday 10th July 2014

DO you think there’s a production line near a recording studio churning out singer-songwriters? It’s as if a non-proliferation treaty needs to be signed preventing any more exponents from planet Mars, Murs, Mumford, and every other Tom, Dick and Harry wielding a plectrum and a smile.

The Auteurs, Now I’m A Cowboy, After Murder Park and How I Learned To Love The Bootboys, Expanded Editions (Cherry Red Records) ****

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12:55pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE cussed Luke Haines was always his own worst enemy, never playing the pop game despite being a voice as unique as Ian Dury, Richard Thompson or Julian Cope in the British pantheon of rock.

Gabby Young And Other Animals, One Foot in Front Of the Other (Gift Of The Gab Records) ****

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12:54pm Thursday 10th July 2014

WHAT else could flame-haired chanteuse Gabby Young call her record company but Gift Of The Gab. She is best experienced live and uncaged with her Other Animals, as observed in their natural habitat of the mirror-glassed Spiegeltent in Harrogate’s Crescent Gardens in late May.

Jennifer Lopez, A.K.A. (Capitol) ***

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12:52pm Thursday 10th July 2014

LAUNCHED at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the artist also known as J-Lo showcased her tenth studio album A.K.A on a worldwide stage in the company of Pitbull and Claudia Leitte.

Example, Live Life Living (Epic Records) **

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12:51pm Thursday 10th July 2014

SINGER, songwriter, producer and rapper Example has created an album to soundtrack the summer for millions of clubbers and first-time-without-the-family holidaymakers.

Jack White, Lazaretto (Third Man/XL Recordings) ****

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3:08pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THERE is a point, about two minutes into an instrumental called High Ball Stepper on Jack White’s latest solo album, where heavily distorted guitar kicks in after a brief, playful piano riff.

C86, Deluxe 3-CD Edition (Cherry Red Records) ***

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3:07pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

In May/June 1986, the New Musical Express issued one its regular mail-order cassettes, five years on from the inaugural C81 release, but this one came to define a generation.

Passenger, Whispers (Island) ***

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3:05pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THOSE who found Mike Rosenberg by accident – helped by the hype surrounding last year’s huge hit Let It Go – may be surprised to learn Whispers is Passenger’s sixth studio record.

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (Capitol) ****

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3:04pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

WHOEVER decided to book Sam Smith in the same time slot as Dolly Parton at Glastonbury last Sunday afternoon must have been going through a meltdown. Thank goodness for catch-up TV.

The Antlers, Familiars (Transgressive Records ) *****

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3:03pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A WORK of quiet beauty that nevertheless stuns the senses, this is the fourth studio record by this Brooklyn trio, whose gentle waves deserve a wider audience.

Ed Sheeran, x (Asylum Records) ***

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3:02pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

HE used to be such a nice lad, that Ed Sheeran. In reality, between the Prince-Harry features and the acoustic guitar, his music has always had more bite than James Morrison and Newton Faulkner.

Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke (Double CD) Sony *****

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3:28pm Thursday 26th June 2014

SO DOLLY is heading back to the farm. That’s Worth Farm, Pilton, Somerset, to be precise, better known to many as Glastonbury.

Kasabian, 48:13, Columbia/Sony Music ****

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3:27pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE fifth album in ten years by Kasabian sees the band mix more of the same with a little something different. With a mixture of brief instrumentals and heavy guitar tracks, there’s a comfortable familiarity to the majority of the album.

Owen Pallett, In Conflict (Domino) *****

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3:26pm Thursday 26th June 2014

SOMETIMES it’s a heart-warming bonus coming across a sound you’ve never heard. Owen Pallett is one such ear-opener.

Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours (Ribbon Music) ****

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3:25pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE news that The Walkmen were taking an “extreme hiatus” was a cruel reminder that some of the greatest bands never achieve acclaim.

Neil Finn, Dizzy Heights (Lester Records) *****

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3:25pm Thursday 26th June 2014

FOOTBALLERS are like songwriters. Most plod along earnestly, never quite setting the world on fire, but delivering reliable results year after year. Then along comes a player like Neymar, whose alchemy mere mortals can only dream of.

First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia) ****; Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain (Nonesuch) ****

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2:26pm Thursday 12th June 2014

FIRST Aid Kit are the Everly Sisters. Not since Don and Phil have two sibling voices entwined so divinely as those of Sweden’s Soderbergs, Klara and Johanna.

Neil Young, A Letter Home (Reprise) ****

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2:25pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Neil Young is as unpredictable as he is prolific. Since the ambitious, if ill-conceived, Greendale appeared in 2003, Young has released albums as musically diverse and creatively uneven as Living With War, Fork In The Road and Psychedelic Pill.

Roy Orbison, Mystery Girl (Sony) ****

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2:24pm Thursday 12th June 2014

ANYONE who did not fall for the very last album released by the Big O must have a heart of granite.

Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm (Caroline) ****

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2:23pm Thursday 12th June 2014

AFTER 35 years as a recording artist Chrissie Hynde has finally got round to producing a solo album and says she wanted it to be danceable power pop, where Abba meets John Lennon.

Tori Amos, Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury) ****

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2:23pm Thursday 12th June 2014

The deliciously titled Unrepentant Geraldines is the latest of fourteen studio albums from unquestionably one of the most prolific artists of her generation.

Luke Haines, New York In The ‘70s (Cherry Red Records) ***

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2:22pm Thursday 12th June 2014

TRYING to capture the sounds and styles of New York City in the 1970s,specifically the Velvet Underground, is the idea behind Luke Haines’ latest album.

James, La Petite Mort (Cooking Vinyl) ****

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2:43pm Thursday 5th June 2014

JAMES have always defied categorisation. Originally hailed as a whimsical version of the Smiths, they were ultimately likened to grandiose stadium-fillers like U2.

Mariah Carey, Me, I Am Mariah (Def Jam) ****

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2:43pm Thursday 5th June 2014

THE usage of salty language is neither big nor clever, yet its proliferation into main stream pop music has reached epidemic proportions.

The Black Keys, Turn Blue (Nonesuch Records) ****

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2:42pm Thursday 5th June 2014

THE Black Keys are one of those bands that most people know by name, but not necessarily by music, but their latest album is an example of accessibility through familiarity.

Echo and The Bunnymen, Meteorites (429 Records/Caroline) ****

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2:41pm Thursday 5th June 2014

IF ever there was an example of not believing publicity material, the press release accompanying Echo & and The Bunnymen’s first album in five years is a true biscuit-snaffler.

Sharon van Etten, Are We There (Jagjaguwar) ****

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2:40pm Thursday 5th June 2014

CAT Power and Joan As Policewoman grab the headlines but the name on your lips should be Sharon van Etten.

Pete Molinari, Theosophy (Cherry Red Records) ****

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2:40pm Thursday 5th June 2014

PETE Molinari’s guests on Theosophy are The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Little Barrie’s Barrie Cadogan, both names more fashionable than his, but nevertheless an indication of his place as a musician’s musician.

Oasis, Definitely Maybe: Chasing The Sun Edition (Big Brother Recordings)*****

York Press: Oasis, Definitely Maybe: Chasing The Sun Edition (Big Brother Recordings)*****

3:32pm Thursday 29th May 2014

FIRST things first. Definitely Maybe is now 20 years old, so not much can be written about the album that hasn’t already been said.

Eno and Hyde, Someday World (Warp)***

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3:30pm Thursday 29th May 2014

BRIAN Eno’s name is synonymous with radical departures and that makes the first few tracks of this collaboration with Karl Hyde of Underworld perplexing.

Blair Dunlop, House of Cards (Republic Media) ***

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3:24pm Thursday 29th May 2014

The SCION of folk rock royalty Ashley Hutchings, Blair Dunlop is very much his own man. Good looking and a strong guitar player, he is widely tipped as a rising star. His second solo album will cement this view, although it arguably plays it too safe to truly break through outside the folk clubs.

Imelda May, Tribal (Decca)****

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3:24pm Thursday 29th May 2014

TRIBAL is a great title and bang on the money as regards to describing the contents of Imelda May’s superlative fourth album. Her tribe is rockabilly, good old fashioned no-nonsense bar-room rock’n’roll.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, What Have We Become (Virgin)****

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3:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014

WHAT have they become? Middle aged, but Paul Heaton has relocated his mojo by re-uniting with Jacqui Abbott , the most natural yin to his yang in his Beautiful South days.

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