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Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

Guitars blast, synthesizers go mad and a group of gospel harmonizers strain for the heavens as sitar strings twang. By Cornershop

Siwan

For all its ancient antecedents, Siwan is a very modern album and a joyous meditation for that.

Also worth a mention...

CDs that didn’t quite make a full review, but are still worthy of a mention.

The Rough Guide to Afrobeat Revival

Starting where founding father of afrobeat Fela Kuti left off, this album features energetic tracks of sweaty inventiveness.

House of Hunger

An album that is very much the sound of a modern-day freedom fighter.

Within My Walls

An odd title, given the political geography of Israel/Palestine, this album projects a vision of multicultural music that seems to have little space for Palestinian musicians.

Seya

Accompanied by a wide range of sound for this latest outing – jazzy horns, strings and the kamele ngoni (harp) played by trusty sidekick Benego Diakite – Seya is an album that simply flows.

Gurrumul

Listeners familiar with the harder sounds of Yothu Yindi are in for a surprise. The 12 songs on Gurrumul display an altogether softer side of their author.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Subtitled ‘18 Songs for Music Lovers’, Easy Come, Easy Go is a double album containing a wide choice of songs: from Brian Eno’s ‘How Many Worlds’ to Dolly Parton’s ‘Down from Dover’

Better Times Will Come

An album loaded with the instrumentation - fiddle, steel guitar, banjo and mandolin - of American roots music.

Très Très Fort

Congo’s amazing disabled rhythm-maestros Staff Benda Bilili

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