Music Reviews

Aqualung

Former frontman of The 45's and Ruth strikes gold

Affecting nu-folk debut from Liverpudlian Lin Sangster

Stacker - Eurotechno

Mini album soundtrack to revolutionary Eurotechno video, originally released in 1989

Various Artists - The Now Sound Of Brazil

Cool modern Brazilian sounds remixed

Ray Charles - Thanks For Bringing Love Around Again

Godlike genius in "plastic funk" scandal

Justin Timberlake - Justified

Solo debut by 'NSync frontman with production by Timbaland and the Neptunes

Julia Fordham - Concrete Love

Comeback album from early Dido prototype

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Various Artists - The Very Best Of World Duets

First and Third world meetings in music

Snoop Dogg - Paid Da Cost To Be Da Boss

Original gangsta reforms

Impressive to excessive live foray from quartet

Axe Factor

Fabulous neo-MBV guitarfest from happening Berlin electronica label

The Residents - Demons Dance Alone

Mysterious Californian outsider outfit release album written in wake of September 11

Retro '60s garage rock from Scandinavian quartet

Various Artists - Risiko 100

Ultra-hip German label gets birthday cake and bunting treatment

Paul Barman - Paullelujah

Unlikely as he is—a white, upper-class rapper who positively revels in his Ivy Leaguery...

The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom

Chicago indie jazzers' latest, featuring cover of Bowie's "Sound And Vision"

Various Artists - Digital Disco

Avant-electro types dazzled by mirrorballs

The Ramainz - Live In NYC

Final offering from da bruddas past their gabba-gabba heyday

Henri Texier - Azur Quintet

Moody and fascinating European orchestral jazz

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The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...