This fourth full-length album from Dan Deacon finds him placing more of himself in the mix than on previous outings.
Icelandic pop adventurer Bjork might detail her relationship break-up in unflinchingly personal details, to the point various tracks come with a chronological reference (''Two months after ...''), yet she balances all the delicate dissection with a muscular, exploratory approach.
For anyone who has managed to overlook the immutable talents of ''Annie'' Clark, and her cracking fourth album, then this is the perfect place to dive in.
The title of Southland quartet The Sparrow Thieves' debut album might seem oxymoronic, yet perhaps it offers a hint of this bipolar, interesting set of 11 songs, which range from the deftly rendered, late-night slink of Black Of the Night to the warm piano and organ of Azrael Silene.
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On their sixth studio effort, these punk-pop veterans (well, they have survived more than a decade) stretch the limits of their typically bombastic approach.
Having penned airwave-devouring cuts such as Icona Pop's I Love It and Iggy Azalea's Fancy, Charli XCX's metamorphosis from fledgling synth-goth to petulant pop princess is complete with the release of Sucker.
There must be something infiltrating the water in Western Australia.
This edition of Kiwi psych-pop export Connan Mockasin's 2013 album features three new tracks, including a Japanese-language version of the Sparks-like Do I Make You Feel Shy that serves to bring the album's other Eastern influences to the surface.
This four-track (well, three if you don't count the live version of the title song) release follows two of similar length, suggesting young Briton James Bay is taking his time before launching a debut album.
Billy Corgan keeps the brand afloat with the second instalment in the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope album cycle, this time tapping a plump vein of power pop that at times echoes his finer moments.
From part-time poet to shock rocker, gothic absurdity and Tipper Gore provocateur, Brian Warner has covered some ground in his nine albums as Marilyn Manson.
Based in Wellington since 2006, guitarist-songwriter Tyson Smith has an enviable pedigree, from jazz school in Christchurch, performing in show bands in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and soaking up influences in Central America, Cuba and the US, to touring with singer Hollie Smith.
It's ''go big or go home'' for any vocalist fronting Jools Holland's robust orchestra, and on this collection of Holland's collaborations with high-profile female artists it is the singers with the biggest pipes who fare best.
If one was to judge this 34-track homage to one of pop's best songwriters merely on the quality of the compositions then, well, it's a no-brainer.
This BBC Radio 2 initiative draws in a host of pop artists, predominantly from the UK, to give a contemporary spin to 37 hits from the decade subtlety forgot.
Abandoning her country roots faster than you can say ''Yee-haaw'', Taylor Swift's fifth release is an unabashed tilt at the mainstream, and is certainly destined to be bigger than Texas.
The Foo Fighters visited eight American cities on a musical odyssey intended as a homage to various influences; so the outfit's latest (and eighth) studio album comprises the same number of songs, although none particularly redolent of the places in which they were recorded.
If there wasn't a hint in its title, the 10th album from singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, producer (the list goes on) Lenny Kravitz signals its glam-sleeze intent early, opener Sex borrowing a vibe (and guitar sound) straight out of Bowie's Fame.
Once the reason why millions of teens raided their mothers' make-up boxes, Gerard Way now finds himself bandless, but free to wallow in his influences.