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Silence in Wild: Frida Hyvonen

The new album from this eccentric Swedish singer-songwriter-pianist is a huge growth from her endearingly minimal debut, 2006’s Until Death Comes. This time the songs are as fragile and achingly beau…

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Kicking Indifference: The Pictures

From the opening bars of the killer first track Can You Hear It, you can understand why The Pictures are a must-see/must-hear act. With melodious guitar pop workouts (Can You Hear It), stompin’ horns…

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Merriweather Post Pavillion: Animal Collective

This album has all the indie kids frothing at the mouth to declare it the album of the year – yes, we are talking about 2009, which has barely begun. A genre-defying album which takes Radiohead at th…

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Sugar Mountain 1968: Live At Canterbury House 1968: Neil Young

The third volume in his Neil Young Archive Performance Series takes us back to an acclaimed and fan-beloved legendary concert, just before the release of his self-titled debut solo album. Featuring s…

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Familiar Ghost: Shane Nicholson

Released late last year, it made it into my favourite albums of the year list but I thought it deserved a full review to help make people aware of it. He is now known as Mr Kasey Chambers and their c…

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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today: David Byrne and Brian Eno

So many musical acts these days seem to be half-dead already by the time anyone notices them. Call this the fickleness of fashion perhaps, which spits out the husks of most things without digesting t…

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Noble Beast: Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird’s latest solo release, Noble Beast, is a stunning negotiation between intricacy and simplicity. The melancholy hue to his lyrics and the introversion apparent in the album’s meticulous ar…

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Finally LP: Mark Kozelek

Whilst many artists may cover other artists’ songs on albums, none take the song and make it their own quite like Mark Kozelek. This latest collection includes reworkings of tracks by Husker Du, Will…

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Performing this Week Live at Ronnie Scotts: Jeff Beck

Many fans of Jeff Beck place him in the same Guitar-God stratosphere as the likes of Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. And although this album doesn’t quite match the best of those luminaries it is a very…

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Welcome to the Welcome Wagon: Welcome Wagon

The Brooklyn-based husband-wife team of Reverend Vito and Monique Auto enlisted acclaimed musical figure Sufjan Stevens as their producer to make an album that sounds a lot like … a Sufjan Stevens al…

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