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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

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Lana Del Rey (Album)

5/5

The second major label album for Lana Del Rey sees her in an equally dark mood to the one exposed by Born To Die.

If anything the sex saturated, nocturnal bleakness is even more apparent this time as she takes us through an intoxicating slice of vintage Americana as if viewed through a contemporary drug haze.

Lana’s sweet and tempting vocals have long echoed her inspiration, Nancy Sinatra, but her lyrics would make the sixties songstress blush and there’s a dangerous undercurrent to most of her work.

It’s an intoxicating mix and, even if this lacks that little bit of hip hoppy sheen that helped her score so many hit singles of the last album, it’s a more focused and more fully-realised vision this time.

Turn the lights down low and slip into Lana land.

(Nigel Powlson)

Stockholm

Chrissie Hynde (Album)

3/5

It’s surprising that it has taken Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde more than three decades to make her debut solo album.

Surely you feel after all she’s achieved in music, there was a desire to give the world something more personal?

Rather than being the full autobiographical opening up some might have hoped for, this album is a halfway measure, still discernibly from The Pretenders stable.

Most of the songs are co-written with producer Björn Yttling and even the album’s title carries his Swedish influence.

There are also cameos from Neil Young and (yes, I am serious) John McEnrore - which makes Stockholm sound more daring than it actually is.

(Nigel Powlson)

Ghost

Ella Henderson (Single)

4/5

Many thought that this former X-factor starlet had disappeared from view.

However, she has hit the music stage triumphantly with a cracking first single that has topped the charts.

I think she will have a big career on this evidence.

(Rob Smyth)

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