Chuck Arnold and Johnny Dodd
October 22, 2012 12:00 PM

>THE WALLFLOWERS

Glad All Over

It’s been seven years—and two Jakob Dylan solo releases—since the last Wallflowers album. And they sure do sound thrilled to be back together on a set with spirit, soul and even funky grooves all over. []

VAN MORRISON

Born to Sing: No Plan B

With that voice, what else was he gonna do? Be a mime? Clearly Plan A has worked out pretty well for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who, at 67, gives bluesy, lived-in life to these tunes. []

ELLIE GOULDING

Halcyon

Her 2011 debut, Lights, and its hit title track smacked of Kylie-esque dance-pop. But making a big step up on her second set, this Brit is now more in the sisterhood of Florence + the Machine and Björk. []

THE SCRIPT

#3

Van the Man could certainly teach these other Irishmen a thing or two about soul. Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue, a coach on The Voice UK, may even rap, but his pop-rock trio’s third album has an overall blandness. []

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