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KT Tunstall - Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon (Virgin) ****

St Andrews' finest returns with her first album in three years, and it's arguably her best yet. Recorded in Arizona, the album - which is split into two very different 'sides' - covers some raw emotional territory, including the death of KT's father and the split from her husband. Perhaps inevitably for a songwriter of her calibre, however, such personal pain has given way to a more emotionally mature sound in every way. It's good to have her back.

Beady Eye - Be (Columbia) ***

Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis rockers were clearly aiming at a more ambitious and psychedelic sound with their second album, but the sub-Velvet Underground rhythms and disorientated guitars on Be serve only to highlight that Liam and co are trying too hard. That’s not to say there aren’t a few good tunes here – Don’t Bother Me and Flick the Finger are both worth a listen – and bringing in Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio to add some shimmer was clever. But you can’t help feeling that Liam’s best work is behind him – no matter how hard he tries.

Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp) ****

Scots elecronic duo Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin like their music to grow on you. Factor in a musical lineage which draws on British psychedelia, experimental sonics and 1990s rave/traveller culture, and you have a potent brew, but follow the pair down their latest rabbit hole and you find little has changed since BOC's 1998 debut. This fourth album is less beat-driven, perhaps, but from opener Gemini, which comes on like a radio broadcast from another time, to the ominous drone of closer Semena Mertvykh, it's a druid's fix of detuned analogue synths, snatches of half-audible dialogue, hissing, buzzing and throbbing.

Black Sabbath - 13 (Mercury) ***

Ozzy Osbourne hasn't made an album with his heavy metal Brummie brothers since 1978, so there's been quite a buzz around this release . But is it really anything other than a cash in? Surprisingly, the answer to this question is yes. Those expecting the old boys to pick up exactly where they left off 35 years ago will be disappointed, but producer Rick Rubin does a sterling job yet again in taking the band in a slightly different direction while simultaneously rediscovering their core vitality in the process. The mosh pit awaits...