Cross a clinical and notorious hitman, a headstrong and sexy female thief and a pot-smoking Ron Weasley and you’ve got Wild Target, an often sharp and rather charming British comedy.
Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category
Having downloaded the album before getting the call to review it, I feel that there’s a lot to say about HEALTH’s second effort. Read More
What’s happening in the current trend of sunshine and surf indie-pop? Girls nailed it nicely a while back, The Drums went left of the mark with their skinny commercial sound and now Wavves are tearing right through the middle with
buzzsaw guitars and a nasal punk sneer. Read More
Alarm bells ring when an artist’s comeback is punctuated by the hype of a ‘shocking video’ rather than the music. Read More
The National have never been an ‘instant’ band. Their albums rarely contain a hook that grabs you and has you whistling it all day. No, they’re cleverer than that. Read More
Uffie – Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans
Had Justice’s 2007 album Cross not been so good, no one would remember the then 19 year old Uffie who contributed sassy vocals to ‘Tthhee Ppaarrttyy’. Read More
Morcheeba are one of the stately royals of down-tempo music. If you know them, expect the usual lustfully sensual vocals over smooth music, this time with a pinch of the Old West. These ten tunes will accommodate any scorching sunny day; fit for sweat and a cool beverage as the enchanting voice massages you into a state of relaxation. Read More
Outside of their music, US indie toetappers We Are Scientists are the funniest men in rock – seek out their blogs, columns and videos posthaste. Inside their music, they are on album three of catchy danceable tunes full of introspective lyrics of missed lessons and excess. Barbara walks that familiar path but the hook-laden ‘Rules Don’t Stop’ and the raw fist-pumping ‘Jack and Ginger’ prove the formula’s not tired just yet.
Booka Shade is a DJ duo who enjoy experimenting with electro-house music. Experimenting may be hyperbole when it comes to More!, however. The opening track, enticingly titled ‘Havanna Sex Dwarf’, sets the tone for pretty much the whole album with little variation, but as the tracks go by you start to appreciate the levels of clicks, whirls and beeps and end up concluding that the tracks get slightly better as they pass.
In the fall of the record labels, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find someone who creates a fresh and inspiring mainstream sound. The person to push the sound of pop music is Janelle Monáe with her major label debut, The ArchAndroid.