Nov 27, 2012
The American Idol winner shows his strengths but also sacrifices his personality for some streamlined tunes. Read Article Phillip Phillips: The World From the Side of the Moon
The British rapper's new record has some catchy, club-worthy tines but is mostly leaden, derivative and self-indulgent. Read Article Example: The Evolution of Man
Heavy with collaborations, the provocative new album seems long and erratic, never really forming a coherent whole. Read Article Rihanna's Unapologetic lives up to its title
Nov 13, 2012
The reunited grunge legends stick to their comfort zone yet still deliver a powerful punch on this businesslike comeback. Read Article Soundgarden: King Animal
Aug 04, 2012
A newcomer to songwriting, Jessie Ware found it difficult to find her voice before deciding to embellish her stories with some romantic roleplay. Read Article Jessie Ware's Devotion marks beautiful beginning for soulful Londoner
Jul 07, 2012
In a misguided attempt to bring the Bard's work to a wider audience, Robert Hollingworth has fashioned 11 of the Bard's sonnets into pop songs. Read Article William Shakespeare's sonnets repurposed into pop songs
May 15, 2012
The past two decades have offered few greater musical oddities than Garbage. There was just nothing about the band that ever really made sense. Read Article Not trash, this, it's Garbage with Not Your Kind of People
Mar 13, 2012
This young rising star of 21st century Afro-futurism is clearly still feeling his way around the musical map, but his electrifying energy is hard to resist.
Read Article Father Creeper by Spoek Mathambo: energy that's hard to resist
Boucher's angelic voice contends with retro electronics and giant breaks, yet combines to create something wonderful.
Read Article Visions by Grimes: colossally strange but magnificent
For a debut album, it's finely-honed and hugely promising, if also mired in the past glories of others.
Read Article Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka: finding a voice
Feb 28, 2012
The duo's follow-up album is still as ear-shreddingly loud as ever, but the musical palette expands for slicker vocals and a new metallic edge. Read Article Reign of Terror by the Sleigh Bells: keeping the fans happy
Estelle's latest record should cement her status as a solid US chart act.
Read Article All of Me by Estelle: self-empowerment wins out
Eclectic in sound and style, the album is a powerful argument for great pop, bursting with zest, colour and sassy attitude.
Read Article Sounds from Nowheresville by the Ting Tings: zest, colour and sass
Companies in the UAE are finding themselves facing a legal minefield caused by the global reach of tough and sometimes conflicting US and UK anti-corruption laws. John Henzell reports.
Bribery laws go beyond borders
With Muslim families, you must say "mashallah" with every compliment lest someone think you are jealous and have the evil eye. Mashallah: what it means, when to say it and why you should
Some warn of a return to the dark days of 2006 and 2007, but Sunni political pragmatism may show a peaceful way forward. Analysis by Iraq historian Reidar Visser
How Iraq can pull back from the brink
Pain in lower back forces world No 2 to look beyond second grand slam tournament in the calendar year. Andy Murray pulls out of French Open through injury
Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano on the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 6 - start your engines
Coke Studio, now in its second season, blends Khaleeji pop with RnB. The collaboration of Shamma Hamdan and Jay Sean in Dubai
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