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  1. (Island Records)
    Moving from innocence to experience, the formerly insipid indie rockers show off their emotional arsenal

    Keane will for ever be synonymous with their 2004 smash Somewhere Only We Know, an almost unbearably twee rush of bucolic sentimentality that earned them a reputation as the milquetoast Coldplay. Yet as the East Sussex foursome return with their first album in seven years, it’s clear that they are no longer the paragons of nicey-niceness they once seemed. Cause and Effect sees the band complete the transition from innocence to experience, producing a collection of mid-life crisis tales that leave rather a bitter taste.

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  2. (Merge)
    MC Taylor’s 11th album was written in depression but finds notes of hope – and a musical sound that fuses old with new

    Eleven albums in as many years suggest MC Taylor has no issues with writers’ block, that he must be in a constant state of productivity. Yet Terms of Surrender arrived not through clarity, but what Taylor has called a “fog of depression” – he wrote the songs, he said, as therapy, creating “a last will and testament”. That might lead you to suspect Terms of Surrender of being unlistenably bleak, but as often as not, Taylor is searching for hope rather than wallowing in despair. On Happy Birthday, Baby, he’s singing to his daughter, and managing not to be painfully mawkish, even when offering up a rhyme he wants her to repeat when he’s far away on the road; he follows that with the road itself, on Down at the Uptown, where the quotidian events of the touring musician – “Someone’s in the bathroom sleeping off a bad one” – make him realise “it was a real live world and I want to live in it”.

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  3. The south London artist wins the £25,000 prize for an album the Guardian hailed as ‘fearless and incisive’

    Dave has won the 2019 Hyundai Mercury prize for his debut album, Psychodrama. Announcing the winner, judge Annie Mac said the album “showed remarkable levels of musicianship, true artistry, courage, honesty. And it is simply exceptional.”

    Dave hugged his mother before walking on stage to collect the award. Wearing a neon tracksuit, he covered his mouth with his hand and looked shocked. He told the room that he was lost for words and invited his mother up to stand next to him. He thanked the “exceptional musicians” who performed alongside him tonight, namechecking fellow nominees Little Simz, Slowthai and Nao.

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  4. Arcade Fire released their classic album Funeral 15 years ago this month. These photos, unpublished until now, were taken by Anton Corbijn just as the band broke through

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  5. (BMG)

    Revered bands re-forming for live dates is one thing. However, with a few honourable exceptions – the Go-Betweens, Sleater-Kinney , more recently the Futureheads – trying to recreate past glories in the recording studio is generally at best anticlimactic for all concerned. The road to hell is indeed paved with discarded copies of the Verve’s 2008 album, Forth.

    Given how brightly they burned in the late 1980s, Pixies were always likely to struggle to live up to expectations when they decided to write new material, but Indie Cindy (2014) and HeadCarrier (2016) were woeful by anybody’s standards.

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