What's on the Evening Times' playlist this week? Here are Stef Lach's latest album reviews...

The Proclaimers - The Very Best Of, 25 Years 1981-2012 (EMI) ****

Has it really been that long? Scotland's finest have been in business for 25 years, and for most of that time business has been booming, thank you very much.

So uncool that they're cool, The Proclaimers are likely to be around for another 25 years at least, certainly if they continue to add to the collection of hits they already produced.

This retrospective - like most others - is really only of any use to those of us who don't already own the duo's nine studio albums and who want all their hits in one place.

They are all here, from the world's favourite party song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) to football terrace favourite Sunshine On Leith, as well as the somewhat cheesy, though very catchy, Let's Get Married and Letter From America.

Some alternative versions and rarities help make this double album more desirable, but it's the classic songs that make it well worth your dosh.

Deap Vally - Sistrionix (Island) ****

Inevitable comparisons with The White Stripes will follow this sassy two-piece whatever they do, but their debut album certainly deserves more than to be brushed aside as a copycat effort.

There are some definite similarities to Meg and Jack White's work - there's not much you can do with just a guitar and drums that hasn't been done before.

But Deap Valley - Californians Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards - make a good fist of it, with Troy's voice bringing to mind Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Baby I Call Hell is a bluesy, riff-led epic which allows Troy to shine and gives Edwards' drums room to show what she can do.

Lies, one of the singles from the album, is a standout, with Troy's spoken verses offering a break from her usual aggressive style.

On Creeplife, Deap Vally sound more like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs than anywhere else on the record, with punchy guitars battling for supremacy with rolling drums and angry vocals.

Top marks go to Bad For My Body, a stomping track that sums up Deap Vally in the space of three frantic minutes.

More than just a couple of pretty faces, this duo are on course for something very special.

Editors - The Weight Of Your Love (PIAS Recordings) ***

There was a wee spell there, around 2005, when a bunch of bands emerged featuring frontmen who either looked like or sounded like Joy Division's great singer Ian Curtis.

The Rakes, Interpol, White Lies and Editors were arguably the best of that bunch.

But while some have fallen away completely (The Rakes, why did you leave us so soon?) and others have faded into relative obscurity, Editors have followed up their excellent debut, The Back Room, with two other chart topping records.

Their fourth offering, The Weight Of Your Love, features two brand new band members and, according to frontman Tom Smith, a change in musical direction.

Lead single A Ton Of Love doesn't hint at any drastic change, but it will certainly keep old fans happy.

Optimistic guitars and a pounding drum intro open what is a cracking single, with the typical Editors soaring chorus and memorable melodies.

Formaldehyde is another one that hits the mark. Eerie backing vocals give an edge to Smith's insistent chorus chant and the track is as upbeat and catchy as any of the band's early work.

In places, the band move dangerously close to Coldplay territory, but mercifully not for long.

Arguably the album's best song is Nothing, which features Smith on top form and, again, a chorus that will burrow its way into your brain and stay there pretty much indefinitely.

The Duckworth Lewis Method - Sticky Wickets (Divine Comedy Records) ***

Anything involving Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy fame is always going to be a little bit mental.

Throw Thomas Walsh from Pugwash into the mix and the mental stakes are raised considerably.

The second album from The Duckworth Lewis Method - named after the controversial, mathematical way in which rain-affected cricket matches are resolved - is fantastically bonkers.

Cricket-themed it may be, but it can be easily enjoyed even by those of us in Scotland, most of whom, let's face it, couldn't care less about the whack of willow on leather.

Stephen Fry and Henry Blofeld lend vocals to the record and cricket legend David 'Bumble' Lloyd also guests.

Boom Boom Afridi is a delicious tribute to Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi while It's Just Not Cricket is cheerful, tongue-in-cheek and guaranteed to raise a smile.

The Umpire is a lament to the poor souls who police the game out in the middle, with Hannon sighing "we're only here to be laughed at".

Our favourite is Line And Length, a wacky electronic tale of the important elements of fast bowling.