COBRA STARSHIP: Good Girls Go Bad.New York electro sleaze that’s big, synthed up with an 80s cheerleader attitude and a stay-in-your-mind chorus.
SHINEDOWN: If You Only Knew. The Florida soft rockers power themselves into a melodic soundscape before stuttering and staggering.
SMOKE FAIRIES: Sunshine.Folky duo Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies are out to mesmerise and use late 60s hypnotic psychedelia to cast their spell. Recently at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth supporting Richard Hawley.
STEREO DECADE: Slow Down.Clever multi-layered offering from the quartet of 18-year-olds from Essex who scuttle the verse into a vibrant, guitar-soaring chorus.
THE CHEMISTS: Milk And Honey.Staccato raw guitar harum scarum stuff about a deluded bloke whose girlfriend left him yet he can’t understand why.
MICHAEL BUBLE: Crazy Love.The crooner’s first album in more than two years and he bestows his own big band, smoky jazz and soulful sophistication stamp on standards across the years including Cry Me A River, Georgia On My Mind, You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You and the title track – a cover of the Van Morrison song. Funny thing is the two tracks he wrote – the joyful Haven’t Met You Yet and the ultra-sentimental ballad Hold On – have that instantly familiar feel and are actually better than the rest. More of them, less of the covers.
TOM REILLY: Words On The Floor.The Scot may be only 19 and, it could be argued, his voice sounds even younger, but his songs have a maturity way beyond his years. Mellow, soulful pop with a keen eye on the power of big production and he’s not afraid to go for the complex either as he switches from big bounce to becalmed. Forget X Factor – multi-instrumentalist Tommy’s got it in abundance without singing anyone else’s songs.
FLEETWOOD MAC: The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac.Anyone wanting a lesson in how rock, folk and soul can fuse effortlessly together needs only to listen to classics on this 36-track offering including Dreams, Go Your Own Way, Say You Love Me and Sara.
VARIOUS: Now Dance Anthems. Three CDs from across the years featuring Black Box, Inner City, Haddaway, Snap!, Rozalla, Dizzee Rascal, Little Boots, Cascada, The Ones, Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Source, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers and Kylie Minogue.