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REM - In Time REM - In Time
"REM proved beyond any doubt just why they are one of the planet's biggest and best bands when they played at Move this summer, and this compilation shows the reasons why."
REM - In Time

The Beatles - Let It Be... NakedThe Beatles - Let It Be... Naked
"Whether Let It Be needed a reworking was open to debate before this release. One listen through to McCartney's stripped version answers any doubts to the idea."

Various - Grand Central Vol. 2Various - Grand Central Vol. 2
"Incredibly Grand Central are nine years old and their output stands as a beacon of good taste on Oldham Street in the mythical Northern Quarter."

Various - Concert For GeorgeVarious - Concert For George
"Concert For George is the sound of a bunch of friends, getting together to cheer the memory of one of their own and jam together on some of the finest music written. As a tribute to Harrison, it simply couldn't be more appropriate."

Aqualung - Still LifeAqualung - Still Life
"With sensitive singer/songwriters like Matthew Jay and Elliott Smith giving into their inner demons and dropping like flies, thank god for Aqualung - aka Matt Hales - for stepping up to the plate with a fabulous second album."

Mountaineers - Messy CenturyMountaineers - Messy Century
"Truth is, this is a perfectly competent debut with some nice tunes and some decent programming of beats and bleeps. But it is never gonna rock your world at a time when British pop is finally fighting back against the might of Americana."

Lamb - Between Darkness And WonderLamb - Between Darkness And Wonder
"Lamb are one of the unsung treasures of modern music, slinging out gorgeously sumptuous track after brimful of beauty track, so it's of little surprise that their new album is another collection of exception."

Liberty X - Being SomebodyLiberty X - Being Somebody
"Being Somebody is a fitting sequel to Thinking It Over. It bristles with desire and excitement, it understands the band's place in the world and it possesses some of the freshest tunes that'll wriggle out from under the stone of manufactured pop all year."

Rob Smith - Up On The DownsRob Smith - Up On The Downs
"Up On The Downs has the usual Grand Central twist, and the sound does echo with the noises of Mark Rae, Fingathing and company, but there's a different agenda at work here, one that enables an overview of what's on offer, and that's where the DJ Shadow similarities begin."

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