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Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta!

Super Taranta! is at heart, a riotous, utterly bonkers, brilliant party album from one of the world's greatest dance bands.

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Plan B: Who Needs Actions When You Got Words

As a social document of a country riddled by inner city despair, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words is a resounding success -- as an album you will listen to again, Plan B falls some way short.

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Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

A bold, romantic album touched by a rare imagination and an indefinable magic -- pop music at its most deliriously inventive and exciting.

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Grinderman: Grinderman

Much more than a diversionary side project, Grinderman is a foul mouthed, frequently hilarious discharge of utterly essential midlife-crisis rock and roll.

Michael Lomas
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Plan B: Time 4 Plan B

His vision of England was one of forgotten, decaying sink estates overrun with crack and smack, teenage violence, underage sex and broken families.

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Robbie Williams: Rudebox

Rudebox is a flawed, stupid, incoherent mess of an album, but like the very best pop music, it isn't half fun.

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Damon Albarn's new project crackles with life and melody throughout. It might be as grubby and mysterious as the London it evokes, but it's also as animated and vibrant as the streets around Portobello Market it comes from.

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Pulp: The Peel Sessions

This collection of Pulp's Peel Sessions serves as a poignant reminder not only of how great a band Pulp were, but of how important John Peel was to the development and evolution of British music.

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U2: U218 Singles

Everything about U218 Singles, from the radio-programmers tracklisting and disjointed running order, to the cheap, mulleted photographs that stare out from the sleeve, gives the impression of a compilation that has been cobbled together in a greedy hurry.

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Tiny Dancers: Lions And Tigers And Lions

Country-flecked psychedelic pop anthems from Yorkshire.

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Babyshambles: B Sides

For all their roughness, these b-sides still shine with unexpected flashes of melody and eloquence.

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Babyshambles: The Blinding EP

This EP is a reminder that before things started to get silly, and the ugly, gleaming spotlight turned on him, Pete Doherty was one of our most exciting songwriters.

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The Horrors: The Horrors EP

Release the bats! This debut EP by UK "band of the moment" is full of style over substance garage-rock, watered down, cartoon darkness -- and not a lot else.

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Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis

Jarvis is a deliciously dark, funny and acidic record that stands up to anything from Pulp's heyday. It's good to have him back.

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A Northern Chorus: Before We All Go to Pieces

A Northern Chorus' 2001 debut is an occasionally enthralling collection of dreamy space-rock atmospheres and plaintive alt-country melodies.

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The Lemonheads: The Lemonheads

Evan Dando rolls back the wasted years to deliver a remarkably filler-free collection of simple, brilliant power-pop songs.

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Razorlight: Razorlight

For a record that displays such naked commercial ambitions, Razorlight is a startlingly unimaginative, bloated and anonymous listen.

Michael Lomas
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V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

Michael Lomas
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V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

Michael Lomas
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Guillemots: Through The Windowpane

Startlingly ambitious and soulful, in all its jazzy pop majesty, Through The Windowpane is a truly magnificent record quite unlike anything else you'll hear this year.

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Lambchop: Damaged

Lambchop have long been one of America's greatest bands, and Damaged is their greatest achievement.

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Primal Scream: Riot City Blues

Riot City Blues sounds like it's been made by a band on rock and roll autopilot. It's a record of pastiche pieces, without the sense of impending danger or collapse that makes truly great rock and roll so thrilling.


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