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Marc Almond: Shadows and Reflections

The maestro interpreter's album of '60s covers is tailor-made for him, but less deference and more daring could have made it better than it is.

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The Slits: Return of the Giant Slits

The post-punk pioneers' second album gets a reissue/remaster, but its anarchy and tumult still sounds one step too beyond (just as it did in 1981).

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Saint Etienne: Home Counties

A concept album that bemuses as much as it enlightens, Home Counties lacks passion and punch even though the Saint Etienne pop sensibility is still there.

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The Charlatans: Different Days

Different Days may not be a match for its predecessor Modern Nature, but the Manchester talent and spirit of the Charlatans shine through.

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Texas: Jump on Board

Texas strike some interesting new shapes, but don't stray too far from their comfort zone and therein lies the problem.

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The Human League: A Very British Synthesiser Group

Some of the pop music on this collection ranks among the best, but fans and the curious of nature might be better off with acquiring the four-disc anthology than another greatest hits package.

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Rumer: This Girl's in Love

Rumer has retreated to the safe territory of Bacharach/David to reignite her career. It works: refined and assured, this is a magnificent execution of vocal craft on a timeless set of songs.

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Jah Wobble: In Dub

This collection of selections and collaborations spanning 30 years confirms Jah Wobble as the foremost interpreter and practitioner of dub on the global scale. He is a consummate musician to boot.

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SFE

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Travis: Everything at Once

Travis may never be able to cut loose from their folk rock trappings. But Everything At Once has enough injections of passion and departures from the regular formula to merit attention.

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Dexys: Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

A minor triumph for one of music's ultimate mavericks, Kevin Rowland, convincing that Irish folk and pop/soul standards can make an appealing combination.

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100% / Warners Music

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100%/Warners Music

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All Saints: Red Flag

With their second comeback, All Saints have grown up. It's a welcome return with a touch of pop class.

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London Records

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The Coral: Distance Inbetween

Back after six years, the Coral have gone dark and ominous with an offering that presents a band still pushing, still experimenting, still relevant for these more troubling times.

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Ignition Records

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Bill Ryder-Jones: West Kirby County Primary

The ex-lead guitarist of the Coral shows yet again what a talented musician and songwriter he is.

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The Maccabees: Marks to Prove It

Marks to Prove It shows that, even in 2015, Brit indie bands can still cut interesting and surprising recordings.

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Palma Violets: Danger in the Club

Despite Palma Violets' continuing promise, aggression and abandon can't compensate for the lack of tunes on Danger in the Club.

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The Wombats: Glitterbug

The Wombats have moved on from their exuberant indie past. Sadly their new identity as purveyors of retro dance/pop doesn't cut it on account of the lacklustre tunes.

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14th Floor / Warner Bros.

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14th Floor/Warner Bros

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