Rachel Robertson

Unbroken (CD) Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato's third studio album is the 19-year-old American singer's first release after time spent in rehabilitation.

As with Rihanna, a troubled period has given rise to new depth. This is reflected in some deeply personal, slightly dark numbers.

Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am

Lovato on the right track

Demi Lovato's third studio album is the 19-year-old's first release after time spent in rehabilitation. As with Rihanna, a troubled period has given rise to new depth, reflected in deeply personal, slightly dark numbers. However, despite Lovato's new gravity, Unbroken is a well-balanced celebration of recovery, providing evidence of a return to fun-loving, youthful form.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Going down memory lane with an older, wiser Westlife

Cheers filled a packed hall at the AsiaWorld-Expo and the audience were on their feet even before Westlife appeared. On tour for their 11th album Gravity, the Irish boy band rewarded their waiting fans with an energetic performance on Tuesday.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hunger (CD), Frankie & the Heartstrings

Hunger is the debut album of indie rock band Frankie & the Heartstrings. The quintet from Sunderland, England, have already enjoyed plenty of exposure through singles and gigs since the band formed in 2008. The energetic album offers a solid 10 tracks - but it is unmistakably a first attempt.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Debut album raw, energetic

H unger is the debut album of indie rock band Frankie & the Heartstrings. The quintet from Sunderland, England, have already enjoyed plenty of exposure through singles and gigs since the band formed in 2008. The energetic album offers a solid 10 tracks - but it is unmistakably a first attempt.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Wounded Rhymes Lykke Li (CD)

Wounded Rhymes is indie princess Lykke Li's second album. Gone is the cute appeal of early hits like Little Bit - the singer from Sweden has acquired some grit.

Opener Youth Knows No Pain introduces Li's new approach. The chorus sets up the dark sound that permeates the album.

Despite an unvarying mood, there are surprises, as Li draws on a range of styles.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Swede displays new grit

Wounded Rhymes is indie princess Lykke Li's second album. Gone is the cute appeal of early hits like Little Bit - the singer from Sweden has acquired some grit.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am