This week we review Little Bushman, Alicia Keys, The Eels, Massive Attack, and The Crazy Heart Soundtrack.
This week we review the latest albums from Eminem, Devo, Mike Patton, Cypress Hill, and Emilie Simon.
> Femi Kuti. Africa For Africa. Wrasse Records. 3 stars (out of 5) Femi Kuti has endeavoured to capture something of his father's aggressive energy by returning to the Decca studio in Lagos...
> Marianne Faithfull. Horses and High Heels. Naive/Shock 3 stars (out of 5) The naff cover art of Horses and High Heels might suggest Ms Faithfull has joined the incense and crystals set...
> Nick Lowe. The Old Magic. Proper Records. 4 stars (out of 5) Through the pub rock, punk and new wave eras, Nick Lowe played his part as an astute writer, honest performer and gifted...
• The Puddle. Secret Holiday/Victory Blues. Fishrider Records. Four stars (out of five) In a line from Victory from the Puddle's latest album (the sum of two proposed five-track EPs),...
> Coach. Family Tree. Self-release. 4 stars (out of 5) Auckland three-piece Coach makes dreamy, dark, spacious pop music of the kind that turns thoughts inward.
> Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The Heist. Independent. The debut from Seattle duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is a triumph for indie rap, not least because this self-penned, produced and released effort entered the Billboard charts at No 2.
This week we review albums by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Avenged Sevelfold, and Hunters and Collectors.
Apparently, Kim Dotcom was inspired by trance/dance tracks he listened to while roaring along the autobahns of his native Germany, yet if there's any excitement to be found in this musical foray then it's certainly well buried, way below the cliché burbling synths and plodding house/techno beats replete with a breakdown/build-up formula that is not so much stale as corpulent.
Northern England quintet Elbow's sixth album (and six years on from breakthough hit One Day Like This) is a curious blend of the workmanlike and, occasionally, wondrous.
While not the post-hiatus return to form that 2004's You Are The Quarry was, this 10th studio album from constant curmudgeon Morrissey echoes something of Quarry's defiant spirit.
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.
Wooing audiences with their Muscle Shoal-fed brand of vintage soul on their debut, Alabama Shakes reveal themselves to be a band not content to rest on their laurels with second release Sound & Color.
Jill Scott cites country music as an influence for this album of emotional-closet cleaners, but it is Philly soul, smooth funk and R&B all the way.
The Warratahs' seventh album, and their first studio effort in nine years, Runaway Days was recorded over a couple of days, and it shows - in a good way.