Music Reviews

Joy Zipper - American Whip

Second album from Italian-American enigmas, produced by Kevin Shields

Songdog - Haiku

Second album of bruised brilliance from London-via-South Wales trio

Mira Calix - Susanne Brokesch

Uplifting and elegiac organic electronica

Melys - Casting Pearls

Welsh Peel favourites make slight return

Jackie Leven - Shining Brother, Shining Sister

Scottish cult hero's first since 2001's Creatures Of Light And Darkness

Andmoreagain...

Legendary creator of arguably the finest psychedelic album ever recorded makes a passionate return

Wayne's World

All dressed up and somewhere to go—Oklahoma visionaries in resplendent spectacle

The Mendoza Line - The Borderline, London

US indie quintet calm the country and blast the rock

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Earl Scruggs - Classic Bluegrass Live

Cleveland County bluegrass legend and Foggy Mountain Boy wows Newport festival crowd, 1959-66

Various Artists - Fabric Live 7—John Peel

Ace addition to budget soundclash series

Tractor

30th-anniversary reissue for Julian Cope-inspiring prog classic

Artie Shaw - Self Portrait

Five-CD anthology from swing-era rebel

Eddie & Ernie - Lost Friends

First CD compilation of duo known as "the acme of deep soul"

Will Smith - Greatest Hits

Grammy-winners and million-sellers from the once-Fresh Prince

The Zombies - The Decca Stereo Anthology

Their entire studio output 1964-1966, remastered in stereo

They Might Be Giants - Dial-A-Song—20 Years Of TMBG

Wacky Brooklyn combo who defy taste and fashion but can write a song about that, too

Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers - The Complete Specialty Recordings

Classic '50s gospel group singing from influential sweet soul man

Various Artists - The Wire 20 1982-2002

Triple box set celebrating independent alternative experimental music

Lou Reed - Take No Prisoners

Lou live'n'loose, on CD for first time

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Editor's Letter

Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard


On Sunday, Kate Bush inadvertently staged a one-woman assault on the British charts. This week, 11 records in the Official UK Albums Chart are by Bush – not bad, really, for a woman who has only really released nine new studio albums in the past 36 years.

Apart...