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The Weeknd: Dawn FM review – shimmering pop in extremis
Abel Tesfaye goes to the brink, and back to the 80s, on his most cohesive album yet

Michael Cragg

16, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Japanese gems, maligned boybands and ‘the Dan’: the best old music Guardian writers discovered this year
In a good year for rummaging through back catalogues, our writers have been delighted by everything from a A1’s embrace of soft rock to the Marvelettes’ ageless glee

Tayyab Amin, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Michael Cragg, Tara Joshi, Christine Ochefu, Alexis Petridis, Jude Rogers, Dave Simpson, Laura Snapes

23, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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‘I think I might love myself, finally’: Self Esteem on 2021’s album of the year
Rebecca Taylor talks about her sensational second album as Self Esteem, Prioritise Pleasure, voted best of the year by Guardian critics

Michael Cragg

17, Dec, 2021 @6:01 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2021, No 1: Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
Rebecca Taylor uncorks a lifetime’s worth of festering emotions in a darkly funny and always invigorating celebration of being too big, too bold, too much

Michael Cragg

17, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Sip, sip, hooray! Film, music, art and more about drinking
Whether your tipple is Mad Men, Roger Scruton or a game set in Satan’s afterparty, our critics toast the best culture about booze

Jessica Kiang, Phil Harrison, Keza MacDonald, Michael Cragg, Steven Poole

13, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Alicia Keys: Keys review – double album shows two faces
Keys’s eighth album should be two for the price of one – but not all songs work both ways

Michael Cragg

12, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Arca: KicK iii review – a joyous sonic headrush
Over 12 frantic songs, and a flurry of adjacent albums, the electronic innovator truly comes into her own

Michael Cragg

05, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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‘The whole Vengaboys back catalogue is sick’: Katy B’s honest playlist
The dance-pop diva reveals what she really listens to, from the roots of her Timberlake crush to the enduring brilliance of I Will Survive

As told to Michael Cragg

22, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Metronomy review – brand new songs have buoyant, ebullient vibes
The band’s forthcoming seventh album might be heading for the middle of the road, but this show was an ebullient mix of crowdpleasers and breezy new material

Michael Cragg

12, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Finneas: Optimist review – Billie Eilish’s brother plays it straight
Eilish’s celebrated producer sibling abandons his adventurous instincts on his largely forgettable debut

Michael Cragg

17, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Love for Sale review – a fond farewell
On what will be the 95-year-old’s final album, this unlikely duo reunite for a smooth set of Cole Porter covers

Michael Cragg

03, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Britney vs Spears review – Netflix doc is schlocky, trashy and deeply uncomfortable
Certainly not in the pop star’s best interests, this disturbing film gives redemption stories to controversial figures from Britney’s past. Nothing about this feels right

Michael Cragg

28, Sep, 2021 @2:25 PM

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