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That Old Black Magic

More American recordings with Rick Rubin from everyone's favourite cowboy

28 Days Later – XL

Danny Boyle's arty horror flick started brilliantly, ended badly, and was scored by a fast-rising Brit, John Murphy. But the musical highlight is Blue States' "Season Song", which is both chilling and reassuring. Brian Eno's "An Ending (Ascent)" is also ambivalently touching, while Grandaddy are, as ever, incapable of dullness. Not sure why Godspeed You! Black Emperor's efforts for the film don't feature, but Perri Alleyne's "Ave Maria" should cheer up disappointed crazed extremists.

Julia Fordham – Concrete Love

Comeback album from early Dido prototype

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live—1975-85

The Boss' "Rambo" period on three CDs

Jethro Tull

Remastered CD reissues of Lancastrian rockers

Thelonious Monk

Piano eccentricities from jazz maverick

Tom Paxton – Looking For The Moon

Surprisingly enjoyable album from Greenwich Village folk veteran

Venetian Snares – Winter In The Belly Of A Snake

Vaguely upsetting Toronto electronica

Missy Elliott – Under Construction

Business as usual for newly slimmed-down genius

Die Another Day – Warners

Another day, another Bond movie. Forgive me if I can't get worked up about the McConcept, although David Arnold is, by any standards, a slick operator who does as much as anyone could to keep the formula fresh. Paul Oakenfold has a stab at remixing the James Bond theme, and, of course, Madonna and Mirwais concoct that title song. Here Madge contrives to sound like a tracheotomy victim rattling through an outtake from the Music album. "Sigmund Freud," she croaks. We wonder why. Then we realise she's simply trying to tell us she read a book once.
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