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REVIEW: Manic Street Preachers – ‘Resistance Is Futile’ (Columbia)

Toiling to resolve their populist tendencies with artiness, ‘Resistance Is Futile’ might be the most emotionally honest Manic Street Preachers album yet.

REVIEW: George Ezra – ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ (Columbia / Sony)

George Ezra’s second record ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ is pure escapism – a decently put together, well-produced but slightly artless half an hour.

REVIEW: MGMT – ‘Little Dark Age’ (Columbia)

It’s not quite the return to the days of ‘Kids’ and ‘Time To Pretend’, but MGMT’s fourth album ‘Little Dark Age’ is certainly their most focussed and pop-orientated in the decade since those glory days.

REVIEW: First Aid Kit – ‘Ruins’ (Columbia)

First Aid Kit’s third album ‘Ruins’ suffers from same-iness, but the Soderberg sisters are in fine vocal form and it’s a comforting, if rarely challenging listen.

REVIEW: N*E*R*D* – ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ (i am OTHER / Columbia)

Returning after a seven-year hiatus, The Neptunes’ recording vehicle N*E*R*D* still suffers from the same flaws and lack of consistency on ‘No_One Ever Really Dies’.

REVIEW: Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – ‘MILANO’ (Monitor Pop / Columbia)

Italian film soundtrack composer Daniele Luppi and New York slacker-rock gods Parquet Courts make for an odd meeting on paper, but ‘MILANO’ is consistently compelling and enjoyable.

REVIEW: LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (DFA / Columbia)

LCD Soundsystem fans worried about James Murphy’s return to the studio should be reassured that ‘American Dream’ stands up to all of their past glories.

REVIEW: Foster The People – ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ (Columbia / Sony)

Probably now doomed to be remembered as a one-hit wonder, Foster The People’s utterly inoffensive third album ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ completely lacks originality.

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