It perhaps says much about John Lennon – the callow 16-year old version, that is – that he’s really only a supporting character in his own biopic. This Lennon has yet to develop into the sardonic, quick-witted Beatle we know from interviews and newsreel footage. He’s not even quite the Lennon we saw in Ian Softley’s Backbeat, despite the events of that film taking place soon after Nowhere Boy finishes.
As an anthem made by men of a certain age who’ve been there, done that and taken the picture of the camel in a party hat (as seen on the cover), it works brilliantly. 'Wilco (the album)' feels like Jeff Tweedy coming to terms with his past and his place in the rock’n’roll firmament.
Tinariwen's follow-up to 2007's acclaimed Water Is Life' did not fail to disappoint. Full of riffs and energy, Imidiwan: Companions deserves its place amongst the final 8 in this year's Uncut Music Award shortlist.