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Byline: Andy Hirst

MR HUDSON: Straight No Chaser. After the high profile single collaboration with Kanye West on the opener, Supernova, it would be right to expect great things here. Sadly too many are all-too-bare synth and the sheer quality is kept back for the soft, more soulful - and even banjo-plucking - stuff such as Stiff Upper Lip and the piano-gliding, cry-out-loud Time. Songs of love, disaster, heartache and hope - and all produced by the global superstar who must henceforth be known as Mr West. You can't help but feel there's far more to come from Londoner Mr Hudson.

NIA MORGAN: Nia Morgan. Any trouble sleeping? Nia should help with her acoustic warblings settling on subjects ranging from forlorn relationships to oil-induced wars. Recorded in Snowdonia of all places - well, she was raised on a farm.

THE TEMPER TRAP: Conditions. The Melbourne band has the uncanny ability to tread softly softly one moment and then launch into guitar-soaring sorties the next while always maintaining an unsettling aura to the vocals.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2009
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