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THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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STEP BACK IN TIME: THE DE­FIN­I­TIVE COL­LEC­TION

KYLIE MINOGUE

★★★★ ★

ADOPTED Na­tional Trea­sure Kylie couldn’t have imag­ined in her wildest dreams when she re­leased Step Back In Time as a sin­gle in 1990, that it would one day be a very apt ti­tle for this col­lec­tion.

From I Should Be So Lucky to Danc­ing, her pop ca­reer has spanned an in­cred­i­ble four decades (so far) and this 42-track col­lec­tion is breath­tak­ing. It in­cludes her seven UK num­ber ones and the ma­jor­ity of her sin­gles, along with fan favourite Your Disco Needs You and new track New York City.

With a long-awaited ap­pear­ance at Glas­ton­bury in the le­gends slot, this is per­fect tim­ing for an up­dated com­pi­la­tion and an im­por­tant re­minder of how Kylie earned her pop princess sta­tus.

LET’S ROCK

THE BLACK KEYS

★★★ ★★

THE ti­tle says it all. Dan Auer­bach and Pa­trick Car­ney have fired up their amps again, hit­ting their stride im­me­di­ately on al­bum opener Shine A Lit­tle Light.

The riff-heavy but lyri­cally unin­spir­ing Lo/Hi pro­vided the pair with their first num­ber one hit on Amer­ica’s bill­board main­stream rock chart but is prob­a­bly the weak­est of the three sin­gles here, sur­passed by Ea­gle Birds and Go.

It may be an al­bum aimed more at re­turn­ing fans glad to have the duo back, rather than bring­ing new ad­mir­ers on board, but fans of 2011’s El Camino will lap it up.

AN­IMA

THOM YORKE

★★★ ★★

AN­IMA is a heav­ily elec­tronic af­fair – think Boiler Room rather than The Bends.

But a record that be­gins with mid-tempo Mode­se­lek­tor-es­que grooves also has a se­ries of, frankly, bangers. The brood­ing elec­tron­ica of Not The News, like many of Yorke’s great­est songs, is at first be­wil­der­ing but re­wards the lis­tener with a lit­tle more of it­self on each lis­ten. It’s dark, epic and ab­so­lutely thrilling.

Yorke’s lyrics doc­u­ment anx­i­ety over so­ci­etal changes we have no con­trol over – per­haps more rel­e­vant now than ever be­fore.

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