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THE BOOK OF TRAPS AND LESSONS KATE TEM­PEST ★★★★★ ONE of the most pow­er­ful and vi­tal voices in mod­ern pop­u­lar cul­ture, Tem­pest re­turns with her most per­sonal al­bum to date.

From the out­set the tone is more in­ti­mate, with Tem­pest open about her sex­u­al­ity on the first two tracks Thirsty and Keep Mov­ing, Don’t Move.

Not ev­ery­thing changes, though. Her ear­lier al­bum Let Them Eat Chaos ended with Tem­pest “scream­ing at (her) loved ones to wake up and love more” – a mes­sage over­looked by much of so­ci­ety, here, clos­ing track, Peo­ple’s Faces, con­tains a plea for “more love... more em­pa­thy, less greed, more re­spect” paired with a plain­tive ad­mis­sion that “all I’ve got to say has al­ready been said”.

TURN OFF THE NEWS (BUILD A GAR­DEN) LUKAS NEL­SON AND PROM­ISE OF THE REAL ★★★★ ★ “THEY have no fear,” said Neil Young speak­ing about Lukas Nel­son, son of coun­try mu­sic hero Wil­lie, and his band Prom­ise of the Real who are cur­rently Young’s back­ing band.

One of the big themes on Turn Off The News is search­ing for peace in a chaotic world. On the ti­tle track, Nel­son urges us to fo­cus on the love in front of us.

A pleas­ingly psy­che­delic streak runs through the 11 tracks.

Turn Off The News is their finest, most ac­ces­si­ble, al­bum yet.

DOOM DAYS BASTILLE ★★★ ★★ BASTILLE ’s new 11-track al­bum is a trea­sure trove of tracks. The 11-strong al­bum starts with Quar­ter Past Mid­night which sets the right tone for an al­bum opener.

The band’s lead singer, Dan Smith, has been quoted as say­ing the first half of the al­bum is about es­capism. Mil­lion Pieces is bound to surge up the charts and Doom Days is sure to fol­low.

Smith said of the song: “I was think­ing about our phone ad­dic­tion. How mad it is to al­ways be hold­ing this thing that’s a rolling, scrolling win­dow into the won­ders and hor­rors of the world”.

But luck­ily this al­bum is the op­po­site of a hor­ror – it’s a charm­ing, im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of tracks.

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