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Jenny Lewis: On the Line review – gripping, subversive, bittersweet

(Warner) What do you do when you break up with your partner of 12 years? You leave your native California and crash at Annie (St Vincent) Clark’s in New York. Jenny Lewis is a songwriter’s songwriter, a dulcet and subversive chronicler of LA shammery whose often sombre subjects come wrapped in the sweetest of country-tinged …

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Nilüfer Yanya: Miss Universe review – hilariously talented

(ATO/Pias) This debut sees a decade of pent-up songwriting spilling out of the hilariously talented 23-year-old Londoner Yanya. There’s a faint new wave feel to the gauzy layers of synths draped over some of the material, yet mostly it’s her own, stage-toughened sound, deconstructed R&B fighting it out with spiky rock. Baby Blu rides in …

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Barbra Streisand sympathizes with Michael Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs”

Michael Jackson’s legacy has taken a hit since the airing of Leaving Neverland, which has brought renewed scrutiny to the singer’s past relationships with underage boys and allegations of sexual misconduct. Radio stations stopped playing his music, Drake ceased performing their collaboration, and The Simpsons pulled an episode featuring the former King of Pop. However, …

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Ibibio Sound Machine: Doko Mien review – borderless groove polymaths

(Merge Records) At a time when Korean boybands go global, Latin pop tops charts worldwide and Afrobeats pervades the UK rap scene, a London band which combines New York new wave and disco with Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian folk culture seems like a proposition with more mainstream potential by the day. Certainly Ibibio Sound Machine’s …

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