Lucy Rose, "No Words Left" (Arts & Crafts)
"Conversation don't come easy," Lucy Rose softly sings on the opening track of her new album. "But I've got a lot to say."
Review: Gilbert O’Sullivan’s 19th album even better than 1st
Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Gilbert O'Sullivan" (BMG)
Gilbert O'Sullivan is still himself — reflective, sensitive and witty — on his 19th studio album, which often sounds like his 1971 debut, maybe even better.
Paloma Faith isn't impressed by the lack of female artists performing at the BRITs.
The 'Crybaby' singer will battle it out with Kate Tempest, Jessie Ware, Laura Marling and Dua Lipa to be crowned Best Female Solo Artist - a prize she previously won in 2015 - at the Mastercard-sponsored ceremony at London's The O2 arena on February 21, but she thinks there should be much more women on the bill.
Ava DuVernay, Chelsea Manning to attend New Yorker Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's New Yorker Festival has attracted a diverse group of artists and leaders, including Ava DuVernay, Nathan Lane, Glenn Close, Preet Bharara, Sen. Al Franken and Chelsea Manning.
The annual three-day gathering offers fans of the magazine a chance to hear their favorite authors, actors, directors, artists and politicians interviewed, as well as screenings and panel discussions. Some 20,000 attend each year.
Bedouine, "Bedouine" (Spacebomb Records)
Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian's alias and the title of her debut. It's a hushed, haunted, delicate wonder — a collection evoking 1970s singer-songwriters which pairs her thoughtful words with unfussy arrangements.
Laura Marling, "Semper Femina" (More Alarming Records)
Laura Marling takes a giant step on "Semper Femina," nine exceptional songs of vulnerability, bursting with femininity and passion.
Skillfully produced with great sympathy by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes), his work helps make Marling's sixth album the most magnificent of the bunch. Rob Moose's inventive string arrangements, tinting Marling's songs with hues that stretch from playful to majestic, are another plus.