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30 albums you need to hear this spring (II)

part one | part three

January is a month for looking forward as well as back. So while we are in the process of revealing our top 100 albums of the 2000s, this week we’ll also be taking a look at the 30 albums we are most excited about this Spring, in release date order. The new decade is getting off to a solid start as some familiar faces return and new ones jostle for recognition.

In part two, we look at new releases from Pepi Ginsberg, Kath Bloom, Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose, Allison Moorer, Sade, Juliana Hatfield, Marina & The Diamonds, Erykah Badu, Holly Miranda and Kathryn Williams.

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wears the trousers albums of the decade #75-51

part one part threepart four

Here’s the second part of our albums of the decade countdown, running from #75–51.

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Róisín Murphy

[EMI, 2007]

Of all the critical droolfests that failed to ignite on the commercial front this decade, Róisín Murphy’s second solo album is among the most inexplicable damp squibs. The ex-Moloko frontwoman may have shed the avant-garde experimentalism of her solo debut Ruby Blue in favour of full-on disco diva mode, set against a backdrop of thumping, shimmering state-of-the-art production, but it seems the world wasn’t ready to accept even Murphy’s toned down personality quirks. That’s a real shame for although Overpowered is not without its flaws, there is a sense of playful grandeur here that can easily toe the line with Goldfrapp at their most teasing.

Chris Catchpole

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first 40 artists announced for 2010 lilith fair tour

The first 40 artists to be confirmed for the 2010 Lilith Fair tour, joining Lilith co-founder and main stage headliner Sarah McLachlan, were revealed today. The not so surprising inclusions are previous Lilith performers Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Tegan & Sara, Erykah Badu and Indigo Girls, who recently told Wears The Trousers in an interview that they feel that the female-centric travelling festival is just as valid now as on its first run through 1997–1999. Among those also joining the tour are indie rock pin-ups Metric and Chairlift, country star Miranda Lambert, urban newcomers Janelle Monáe and Ke$ha, the UK’s Corinne Bailey Rae, Nettwerk Records/Management signings Butterfly Boucher, Ash Koley, The Submarines and The Weepies, plus various other contemporary female popstars like Colbie Caillat, A Fine Frenzy and Sara Bareilles. Mary J Blige will the second headliner on the tour, which is expected to cross the Atlantic for a two-week run.

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