The streetwise, tough image was matched by songs of real tenderness and fragility. Lou Reed always did the opposite of what he was expected to do.
Listening to his latest album makes you hope it’s not a one-off, that musician David Bowie's return continues apace.
Nick Cave’s output is more prolific than ever. He talks to Alexis Petridis about his new album — and why he would like to retire.
In an era of gossip websites and Twitter rumours, one of the world's biggest stars can still surprise ... by doing nothing more than making an album.
Bobby Womack is so proud of his magnificent new album that nothing will stop him talking about it.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures tells you a lot about Winehouse, albeit sometimes unwittingly.
Never one to give 'em what they want, Robert Plant goes his own way again and Alexis Petridis approves.
Among the rock stars recently given another chance is Grace Jones, promoting her first new album in 19 years.
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The competition to see who can slather Bob Dylan's 32nd studio album with the most deranged praise known to man is hotting up, writes Alexis Petridis.