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MARKUS FEE­HILY

Love Is a Drug ★★★

Three years af­ter Westlife’s un­la­mented demise, and just a cou­ple of months af­ter be­ing pho­tographed work­ing in a cater­ing van at a mu­sic fes­ti­val, it is fair to say that ex­pec­ta­tions for Mark Fee­hily’s solo ca­reer aren’t ex­actly at fever pitch. But this in­de­pen­dently re­leased, gospel-tinged de­but sin­gle, pro­duced by Mo­jam (Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé), may ac­tu­ally sur­prise a few peo­ple. As a snooty mu­sic critic, there’s no easy way for me to say this, but Fee­hily’s song isn’t bad.

MUM­FORD& SONS

Be­lieve ★★

Is­land

On May 4th, Mum­ford & Sons re­turn with a new al­bum,

Wilder Mind. At first glance, much has changed while they’ve been away. Gone are the tweed waist­coats, ban­jos and su­per­flu­ous pocket watches. In their place come synths, elec­tric gui­tars and sharp suits. But fans, fear not. Cos­metic changes aside, Mum­ford re­tains an in­ner core of dull­ness, earnest­ness and mar­ket-ori­ented medi­ocrity that could sur­vive a nu­clear holo­caust. And this is noth­ing if not more of the same.

MEGHAN TRAINOR

Dear Fu­ture Hus­band

★★★

Epic

A year ago, no one out­side of Nashville had heard of Meghan Trainor. One hu­mon­gous global hit ( All About That Bass) later, the 21-year-old is a fully fledged diva. On the third sin­gle from her Ti­tle al­bum, Trainor sets down the ba­sic ground rules for a po­ten­tial spouse: Never dis­agree. Apol­o­gise af­ter ev­ery fight. Tol­er­ate her crazy be­hav­iour. And that you will see a lot more of your in-laws than she’ll be see­ing of hers. Sounds pretty rea­son­able, right?

AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR

Wasps ★★★★

Sar­gent House

“Wasp­ing” is the Belfast band’s term for strip­ping a song down to it’s most es­sen­tial el­e­ment, coined af­ter this in­stru­men­tal pile-driver was cut from six min­utes to a mus­cu­lar two and a half. Their fourth al­bum,

Heirs, is due out May 1st.

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