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The Black Keys: Delta Kream review – stripped back simmering sounds

(Nonesuch Records)Returning to the simpler joys of their early records, the Ohio duo’s 10th album covers songs by the north Mississippi artists that continue to inspire them Over a 20-year trajectory from playing in bars with no audience to filling arenas, the Black Keys have never lost the blues. The Ohio duo of singer-guitarist Dan …

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St Vincent: Daddy’s Home review – master of reinvention warps the sounds of the 70s

(Loma Vista Recordings)Playing with identity and touching on family matters, Annie Clark’s sixth album with wilfully twisted musical backing is hugely impressive The backstory of Annie Clark’s sixth album as St Vincent already feels well-worn. We live in an age of prurient interest in – and boundless opinion-giving about – celebrities’ personal lives: announcing that …

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Dodie: Build a Problem review – a sweet, candid debut

(The Orchard)Dodie Clark proves that she’s more than just a YouTube sensation on this promisingly ambitious first album Ten years ago, an Essex teenager called Dodie Clark started uploading cover songs and original tracks to her YouTube channel, often replete with ukulele. Though she remained unsigned, in the years that followed, EP releases saw the …

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Rag’n’Bone Man: Life By Misadventure review – a heartfelt follow-up

(Columbia)Delicate developments are drowned out by stadium songs that mistake volume for passion on Rory Graham’s second album There’s a lot riding on this second album from bluesman Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Sussex-born Rory Graham. His 2017 debut, Human, shifted more than 1m copies in the UK. It would have been easy to replicate that album’s …

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Squid: Bright Green Field review – exhilarating punk-funk-krautrock debut

(Warp Records)Boldly flaunting their influences, the Brighton five-piece hurtle along with huge shifts in style and pace The multifarious music of Brighton five-piece Squid strives hard to escape definition, their tentacles tangled in krautrock, post-rock, math rock, re-revived post-punk and full-on sax-vamping jazz. Their debut album, produced by Dan Carey, has a lot going on: …

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Chloe Moriondo: Blood Bunny review – mischief-making pop-punk

(Fueled by Ramen)Revenge fantasies, misfit anthems and a manta ray love song furnish the YouTube alum’s promising second album The pains of youth have been pop’s raw material since the world was new. But the current wave of teen (or recently teenage) artists is something of a tsunami. This cohort of young bedroom producers is …

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St Vincent: Daddy’s Home review – a compelling family affair

(Caroline/Loma Vista)Channelling 70s New York funk and her father’s release from prison, the ever brilliant Annie Clark loosens up on her engagingly soulful sixth album Annie “St Vincent” Clark may exaggerate the detail, tell oblique stories or get a little carried away in the dressing-up box, but her work is always packed with emotional veracity. …

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Coldplay Share New Single “Higher Power” and Alien-Powered Video: Stream

Coldplay are back with “Higher Power”, their first new song in two years. The track reunites the British rockers with Max Martin, the Swedish super producer responsible for dozens of No. 1 hits. Watch the alien-powered music video below.The Chris Martin-led band beamed a specially recorded performance of the single… Please click the link below …

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