A concept album of sorts, this claims to chart the emotional experiences of an imaginary woman – from romantic activities to pain, deception and more.
A Letter Home was recorded in a Voice-O-Graph booth in Jack White’s “novelties lounge”. With cover songs and lo-fi crackles, it is an object study in the pros and cons of retro audio porn.
“This is too good. Will the pleasure never end?” asks Kate Mossman as she witnesses the endothermic showman Justin Timberlake in concert in Sheffield.
Her songs offer the sense of a technicolour future stripped of all but the most worthwhile woes. It's time she stopped the silly pep talks in between and just got on with being a pop star.
Springsteen’s ongoing transformation into a collaborative folk act represents a new era in his career.
R'n'B stylings of classic holiday hits and Cockney staples.
With so many writers and a production-driven style, Britney’s voice can sometimes be a lonely thing at the centre.
There's a reason the Lou Reed tributes were so banal.
To coincide with the release of "Inside Llewyn Davis", the Coen brothers held a glitzy tribute to American folk - where Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan were joined on stage by Joan Collins and Jack White.
Kate Mossman catches the heavy metal giants on their "Maiden England" tour, and is perplexed by their nationalist aesthetic.
The violin was the start of modern music celebrity - Lindsey Stirling is following in the footsteps of Paganini, Nigel Kennedy and Vanessa Mae.
Her voice, once so English, has turned into a slip-slidey American lilt, half-speech, half-jazz, frequently yoyoing to a deeper register ... In Marling, we’re watching an accelerated transition from youthful talent to artistic sophistication.
From Roxy Music to Coldplay - the many faces of Brian Eno.
Revolution in the head.
Young women are achieving every kind of musical success, while the idea of the "male pop star" seems to have ground to a halt with David Bowie. What's going on with the boys?
Dazed and deeply confused.
Debates about the future of music raged at the By:Larm festival in Oslo
Debates about the future of music raged at the By:Larm festival in Oslo.
His satanic Majesty: the man who managed the Rolling Stones' money.
Two new albums reviewed.
It's our fault - because we're too lazy to support our shops
Why does Bowie still hold such mythical power?
A story everyone needs to hear at least once.
What to listen out for this year.
Savages, Haim and Bjork in a circus tent.
As an album of "reimagined" Kylie songs emerges, Kate Mossman goes in search of the singer herself.
Why '70s power pop is unfashionably cool again