CD: Kate Nash - Yesterday Was Forever The cockney songbird continues her adventures in American indi

From The Arts Desk Kate Nash is no quitter. For years her heavy London accent and kitchen-sink lyrics made her an easy target for mockery. Nash always brushed it off. Even, last year, when her record label dropped her, she refused to take things lying down. So she turned to the internet and Kickstarter. The result is Yesterday Was Forever. Some are saying it's her most sophisticated record yet. Maybe it is, maybe it's not. What is for certain is that, since her massive hit "Foundations" (2007), the sing-song voice has progressed beyond recognition. Much of the album feels more Katy Perry than Kate Nash. There's also US indie, pop-punk and even a dollop of Joanna Newsom. Nash, it seems, has t

CD: Graham Bonnet Band - Meanwhile Back in the Garage The former Rainbow singer preaches to the fait

From The Arts Desk Graham "Since You Been Gone" Bonnet has long been one of hard rock’s unlikelier stars. When everyone else was wearing denim and leather he modelled himself on James Dean. And he actually started out as an R&B singer. Bonnet's change of direction came in 1979 when he was asked to join rock supergroup Rainbow. He never looked back. After Rainbow he joined the Michael Schenker Group and later formed his own band, Alcatrazz. Now, at 70, he's still ploughing the same musical furrow. In fact, Meanwhile Back in the Garage sounds so close to Bonnet's earlier band it could almost be a bunch of Alcatrazz outtakes. Partly it's the melodies. Mainly, it's how the new band plays. Bonnet

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