Album review

Aqualung

The sweet song from the Volkswagen ad—"Strange And Beautiful"—cast a spell over thousands of confused Radiohead fans who wondered why they didn't know it. That'd be because it emanated not from the head of the radio but the lung of the aqua—one Matt Hales, a grafting London singer/songwriter. Still, Yorkees won't be let down by his debut opus, 11 elegiac hymns to regret and frustration.

A plaintive piano man whose sincerity almost makes you forgive him taking the name of a Jethro Tull album.

Rating: 3 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...