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The Female Thing

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Laura Kipnis is not afraid of telling you what it is like to be a woman. In fact all of her books concentrate on the dilemmas of being a feminist in western modern times. Her latest book, The Female

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Night Falls Over Kortedala

Reviewed by Andrew Cornish

Oh Jens, you unrepentant romantic you! My favourite Swedish crooner is back, falling in love with a new girl every song. Night Falls Over Kortadela is an excellent rebound after his somewhat disappoi…

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The Emergence of Memory

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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White Chalk

Reviewed by Mark Azzopardi

For her new album White Chalk, P.J. Harvey offers us a totally different listening experience. With less emphasis on guitar-driven songs, Harvey, aided by producers Flood and John Parrish, and The Di…

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Songs of Mass Destruction

Reviewed by Alice Bisits

Some may think four years between albums is way too long, but Annie Lennox has never been one to rush things. Putting family first, she has taken her time to compose all of the 11 tracks with incredi…

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Elgar: Violin Concerto, Chausson: Poeme

Reviewed by Phil Richards

This very difficult piece is handled with consummate ease by one of the great violinists. A very bright, vivid and well-balanced sound add to the pleasure. Coupled with Perlman’s beautiful performanc…

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Verdi: La Traviata

Reviewed by Phil Richards

Missing from the catalogue for a while, it’s very nice to have this version around again. Contrubas is very moving as Violetta and Domingo is all grace in his duets with Violetta. Kleiber’s strong an…

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Cease to Begin

Reviewed by James Power

Seattle’s Band of Horses follow up 2006’s excellent Everything All the Time with another album of radiant, wistful earnest music. As exemplified on ‘Detlef Schrempf’ (the album’s fourth-track tribute…

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The Elephanta Suite

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

The Elephanta Suite delivers three loosely-related stories of Americans travelling and living in India. In ‘Monkey Hill’ a long-married couple, Audie and Beth Blunden, grow apart while holidaying in …

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Boccherini: Guitar Quintets 4, 7 & 9

Reviewed by Phil Richards

This recording from 1971 has long been one of my favourites. Narciso Yepes is at the top of his game in this lively performance and he gets great support from the Melos Quartet. Also listen for Lucer…

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