THIS WEEK’S CD RELEASES
Runaway Out Fri
Ed Sheeran can’t have hoped for much more than the career his old friend Michael Rosenberg enjoys in his Passenger guise. But Sheeran rewrote the rules while Rosenberg just ploughs on doing very nicely. His voice is sometimes too cute, but his arrangements are often brisk and warm.
Hunter Out Fri
She composed an opera last year, but the Mercury nominee hasn’t produced an album since 2013. That hiatus has done her good, because Hunter as a whole positions her as a genuine heir to the poetic fearlessness of Patti Smith and the prowling theatrics of Nick Cave.
Let’s Go Sunshine Out Fri
Arriving in the wake of The Libertines, The Kooks’ amiable, slightly flimsy guitar-pop made them stars. Let’s Go Sunshine is the confident work of a band who are getting better. Songs like Fractured And Dazed have a muscle and elegance that would once have been beyond them.