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Gut, Wind and Wire

Reviewed by Phil Richards

The Baltimore Consort, America’s most popular early music ensemble, mixes instruments from different families. Over the years they have covered various musical styles, including music of Ireland, Sco…

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The End of America

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Thank goodness for voices like Naomi. In her first book, The Beauty Myth, she attacked what she characterised as the exploitation of women by the fashion and beauty industries. Here, Naomi has again …

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The Butcher’s Boy

Reviewed by Paul Landymore

This reissue of Thomas Perry’s instant classic debut is long overdue. This pacy thriller about a top hit man whose troubles with his employers make too much noise and attract the attention of the aut…

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Marry Me

Reviewed by Declan Murphy

Annie Clark is clearly a very talented woman. Having been the resident guitarist for Sufjan Stevens and the Polyphonic Spree she has now embarked on a solo career under the guise of St Vincent and pr…

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Handel: Solomon

Reviewed by Phil Richards

Solomon is regarded as one of Handel’s finest masterpieces, with its beautiful love songs and magnificent choruses. Soloists Sarah Conolly (alto), Susan Gritton, Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Mark Padmo…

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My Foolish Heart

Reviewed by Richard Mohr

2001 Montreux Jazz Festival set from the top piano trio in jazz, and their most energetic, uplifting offering in quite a while. This time, the trademark reinventions of tin pan alley standards cohabi…

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Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant

Reviewed by Jo Case

Have you ever wondered why struggling voters firmly attach themselves to the party and candidate who represents the big end of town, actively voting against their interests? (The answer, says Joe Bae…

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Plays Bach Encore!

Reviewed by Richard Mohr

A scintillating 1991 trio Bach session Loussier issued independantly and promptly withdrew finally sees a proper release, and it may be the liveliest and the wittiest of his many Bach recordings. An …

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Dedicated

Reviewed by Sid Grane

Long regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent female soul and R&B singer, Geyer returns with another fine album to showcase her great voice. She has chosen some excellent songs too: ‘Why Can’t We Live Tog…

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Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara

Ali Smith’s latest work radiates a sweet passion that is at once surprising and highly attractive. Refiguring the myth of Iphis and Ianthe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Smith ponders the way our gender…

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