Niki & The Dove – Instinct (Mercury/Sub Pop Records)

This sparkling debut from the future pop duo proves a prolific string of EP releases doesn’t always lead to a disappointing full-length.

La Shark – Mr Modern Man

It’s a mishmash of genres – somewhere between indie, pop, punk, 80s, a bit prog-rock in places – and it’s characteristically unhinged.

Clock Opera – Ways to Forget (Moshi Moshi)

It takes a good few listens to realise that any noteworthy emotional mark has been left by Connelly on any of these 10 songs

The Dandy Warhols – This Machine

There’s a sense that the Dandy Warhols are harking back, ruminating and acknowledging some sense of loss or failure.

Bombay Bicycle Club @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester 25/04/2012

Having had the pleasure of seeing the band six times now, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed

Jack White – Blunderbuss (XL Recordings)

An unsurprisingly brilliant effort from a man who, as of yet, hasn’t made a bad record

Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again (Polydor)

Home Again shows potential for a talented singer to rise in today’s music scene but that rise may come in the future, and not just yet.

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Love (Domino)

‘Sweet Heart Sweet Love’ is definitely not their best work, but this is a step back in the right direction and a reminder of how influential Spiritualized are.

The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Domino)

Dourly delivered sentiment, delicious metaphors, and mischievous puns are, as always, part of the fun

Deer Tick – Divine Providence (Partisan Records)

The ‘fancy’ album title couldn’t be further from the actual content on Deer Tick’s disappointing fourth album.