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June 1, 2013

YellowBrix

miles kane - don't forget who you are 4/5 miles Kane set out to make a feel-good record all about handclaps and stomping beats, and he succeeds on this, his second solo album.

Produced by fellow Scouser Ian Broudie, the opening three tracks instantly fulfil the 27-year-old's brief with a glam-rock, T-Rex vibe. Ballad Out Of Control evokes Oasis at their most mellow, as does Fire In My Heart, which shares the same intro as Oasis' Half The World Away.

The Wirral-born singer is joined by Paul Weller on You're Gonna Get it, while What Condition Am I In? is reminiscent of The Jam.

Darkness In Our Hearts starts like Last Nite, by The Strokes, and brings a good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll album to a strong close.

stooshe - london with the lights on 3/5 launching a new girl group is no easy task, but Stooshe - consisting of 23-year-olds Alexandra Buggs and Karis Anderson, along with Courtney Rumbold, 20 - broke through at the start of 2011 with the cheeky single Love Me.

The irresistible Black Heart followed and was pure 1960s Motown. This longawaited debut album from the London trio, which has been delayed for months, kicks off with the big-sounding current single Slip.

What follows is a mix of party atmosphere with a touch of soulful melodrama, with My Man Music begging for a dance routine, while Turning Me On is pure sunshine - but without their cover of TLC's hit Waterfalls.

There's no doubt these girls can sing and this debut is hook- laden with plenty of sass and fun from the feisty threesome.

alice in chains - the devil put dinosaurs here 3/5 as to be expected, there are grinding, doom-laden guitar riffs and harmonious dual vocals aplenty on this new offering from Jerry Cantrell and co.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here sees AiC sticking to the musical formula that placed the quartet among the popular alternative bands of the 1990s.

As a result, it's all just a little too familiar in the first half, but from Breath On A Window onwards, the tempos shift slightly up a notch and the melodies expand to include the acoustic guitar- led Scalpel and the more straight-up metal of Phantom Limb, both of which are excellent additions.

Whereas this lacks the goodwill factor of 2009's comeback album Black Gives Way To Blue, few bands do brooding singalong tunes as well as this.

eve - lip lock 3/5 i'm E-v-e... The queen is on the throne, sings Eve Jihan Jeffers, best known by her stage name Eve, the first lady of the Ruff Ryders. The longdelayed Lip Lock is the 34-year-old's first full album after an 11-year hiatus - partly due to label conflicts - since 2002's Eve-Olution (although she has kept busy by performing at gigs, releasing songs and appearing in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It! and on TV show Glee).

Released on her own label, From The Rib Music, opening track EVE is in her signature feisty style and, having made her name as one of the top female rappers with kicking rhymes, it's on songs such as Wanna Be with Missy Elliott, Mama In The Kitchen with Snoop Dogg, Grind Or Die and Zero Below where she shines the most.

airbourne - black dog barking 4/5 these four Australian scallywags are swaggering back on the streets with a third slice of their bottom-kicking brand of rock 'n' roll, ready to make heads bang and ears bleed across the world.

With no letting up from the opener, the aptly-titled Ready To Rock to the final title track, the band's guitars wail, drums thunder and lead vocalist Joel O'Keefe screams as if his life depended on it.

Don't look for subtlety or deep lyrics. You won't find it.

What you will find is top-class hard rock with one foot in the past and the other planted firmly in the future. With this album, Airbourne show they are well out from under the shadow of a certain other Aussie rock band (AC/DC) and are Ready To Rock the biggest stages available. ? .M:

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