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Richard Dawson and Circle: Henki review – a botanical rock classic
A sprawling epic written from the perspective of a seed and a lament for an ancient tree are highlights on this inspired collaboration

Phil Mongredien

28, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Elbow: Flying Dream 1 review – prog-infused expanses
The northern romanticists’ lockdown album opens out into gentle, restrained songs of warmth and empathy

Phil Mongredien

21, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Radiohead: Kid A Mnesia review – two classic albums, plus surprises
The band’s 20th-anniversary reissue of Kid A and Amnesiac along with unreleased material makes for fascinating listening

Phil Mongredien

07, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The War on Drugs: I Don’t Live Here Anymore review – songs for cruising endless highways
Recorded in seven studios over three years, Adam Granduciel and co’s latest is a rich, mesmerising affair

Phil Mongredien

31, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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One to watch: John
This London punk duo honed their ferocious sound during lockdown and ended up on BBC 6 Music’s playlist

Phil Mongredien

02, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Public Service Broadcasting: Bright Magic review – mood music, from Weimar to Bowie
Berlin is the inspiration for the band’s inventive if melancholy fourth album

Phil Mongredien

26, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham review – the sunniest pop and its flipside
Exiled from Fleetwood Mac, the singer-guitarist’s sparkling latest album foreshadows his recent troubles

Phil Mongredien

19, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Manic Street Preachers: The Ultra Vivid Lament review – magic, melancholy and a debt to Abba
The Manics channel Benny and Björn in an album of mostly sparkling songcraft

Phil Mongredien

12, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Steve Gunn: Other You review – more elegant, cosmic Americana
The guitarist’s immaculate playing is beyond doubt, but his latest solo work is a little too meandering

Phil Mongredien

29, Aug, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Chet Faker: Hotel Surrender review – far bigger on textures than hooks
Nick Murphy returns under his alias with a fix of tasteful but unmemorable coffee-table pop

Phil Mongredien

18, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth: Utopian Ashes review – a welcome surprise
The Primal Scream frontman trades brashness for contemplation in this rewarding collaboration with the former Savages singer

Phil Mongredien

27, Jun, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Liz Phair: Soberish review – forgettable coffee-table pop
The Liz Phair who brought frankness and feminism to 90s alt-rock is sadly absent on this, her first album in a decade

Phil Mongredien

06, Jun, 2021 @2:00 PM

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