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Byline: GAVIN MARTIN

GLENN TILLBROOK AND THE FLUFFERS

Pandemonium Ensues ***

The ex-Squeeze man has a spring in his step and a cheery downhome countryfied crew recalling the first wave of Brit pub rock to gild his rough and tumble tales of ragged lives, ruptured relationships, misfits and miscues. More lukewarm for loafers than cool for cats.

GRANDMASTER FLASH

The Bridge **

Hip-hop pioneer Flash corrals Spanish, Japanese, Senegalese and Swedish MCs, plus an all-star guest list - Busta Rhymes, Big Daddy Kane, Snoop and KRS One - to light up his first album in 20 years. The recognition is deserved, but this material pales against the truly revolutionary nature of his early releases.

RUTHIE FOSTER

The Truth According To Ruthie Foster ****

The Texan tigress of blues and soul rocked packed UK venues recently with her formidable three-woman show. Here, with a starry accompaniment of stellar Deep South veterans, she shows a knack for penning and picking contemporary and aged classics, all delivered with warmth and passion. The whole Ruth and nothing but.

THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND

Live At The BBC ****

Late, great, fire-breathing Glasgow frontman Harvey - who died aged 46 in 1982 - was a wild card leading one of the most incendiary pre-punk British rock acts of the early 70s. Over 30 years later, legendary appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and Radio 1's In Concert series feature a sizzling band and an irrepressible showman that are still hard to beat.

OUMOU SANGARE

Seya ****

Sangare is a trailblazing music and social figurehead in Mali, brilliantly igniting ancient and modern musical traditions and speaking out on pressing social issues. Made in her native Bamako and addressing such concerns as enforced underage marriage, Seya bristles with brilliance, glorious local musicians and dazzling heartfelt vocals.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2009
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