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Now Hear This: Black Futures, Lana Del Rey, Kano and Ezra Furman

In her weekly column, our music correspondent goes through the best – and worst – releases of the week

Album reviews: Sheryl Crow – Threads, and Common – Let Love

Sheryl Crow assembles an extraordinary list of collaborators for her final album, while Common offers a deeply personal record in the form of 'Let Love'

Bond: Good themes are forever, they are all I need to please me...

My 'The Best of Bond' CD died for Queen and country. Sung along to with abandon, played to destruction, it died nobly. But few recent Bond songs have come close to the high points (and notes) of Shirley Bassey's bests ("Diamonds are Forever"! "Moonraker"!) or Lulu's subtle way with a lyric ("He has a powerful WEAPON, he charges a million a SHOT").

At last, a solution to the red-carpet identi-dress faux pas

Genevieve Roberts and Eleanor Dickinson on the end of a fashion nightmare