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Vladislav Delay: Kuopio

Kuopio would work better as two thematically consistent EPs rather than as an album in itself. There's nothing particularly bad or boring about it, it's just inconsistent.

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Doseone: G Is For Deep

On G Is For Deep, Doseone goes for a take on synth-pop that veers between being worringly eccentric and, er, crazily audacious. Then again, Doseone has always been a wild-card, and this might be his wildest album yet.

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The Hives: Lex Hives

Lex Hives is a real disappointment, as if they’ve forked out a fortune fitting electric doors to their tiny, untidy garage and then thrown out all the amps in favour of a mid-life-crisis-mobile.

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Hauschka & Hilary Hahn: Silfra

Silfra tries quite hard to walk the tightrope between the post-classical avant-garde and more conventional classical formations. But no matter how hard it tries to convince us of its own aesthetic authenticity, it always seems to trip itself up.

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Marilyn Manson: Born Villain

Populist, processed, and weirdly conservative, Marilyn Manson's eighth studio album is just plain bland. It proves, if nothing else, that Manson is no longer top dog in the controversy department.

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Tyler, The Creator: Goblin

Despite the tedious sensationalism surrounding its lyrical content, Goblin is a massive spoonful of marvellous hip-hop medicine, full of the most unnerving, hyperreal humour you may well ever hear.

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Hauschka: Salon Des Amateurs

Salon Des Amateurs is great fun and probably the most floral piece of belle époque kitsch you’ll hear all year: perfect background music for your Baudelaire reading group, but it might be a bit much for less adventurous ears.

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Jessie J: Who You Are

Who You Are attempts to convincingly combine pure pop and R&B, but ends up as a largely jumbled, bitchy brew of pop tunes hollered with a loutish scowl.

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