Plus new releases by Calexico, Kevin Ayers and Glasvegas
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These albums are all set for release on September 8, 2008:
ALBUM REVIEW: METALLICA – DEATH MAGNETIC – 4* Troubled Dark Knights of metal return to form
ALBUM REVIEW: CALEXICO – CARRIED TO DUST – 4* After a mystifying diversion, Arizona duo return (in part) to familiar, dusty territory
ALBUM REVIEW: SONGS FOR INSANE TIMES: AN ANTHOLOGY 1969-1980 – 4* The king of frivolity’s jewels still sparkle
ALBUM REVIEW: GLASVEGAS – GLASVEGAS – 3* Scots rockers provide throwback to pop’s golden age
Plus here are some of UNCUT’s recommended new releases from the past month – check out these albums if you haven’t already:
ALBUM REVIEW: JAMES YORKSTON – ‘WHEN THE HAAR ROLLS IN’ – 4* Fife bard’s fourth stretches his sonic palette, if not his vocals
ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN MARTYN – ‘AIN’T NO SAINT’ – 4* Outtakes and unreleased live recordings shine new light on the angels and demons at war in a 40-year career
ALBUM REVIEW: GIANT SAND – ‘PROVISIONS’ – 4* Deconstructionist country-blues from Arizona hero and latest band
BRIAN WILSON – THAT LUCKY OLD SUN – 4*Brian’s back! Again! A Californian song-cycle – Van Dyke Parks contributes words
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III – RECOVERY – 4* The planet’s drollest songwriter shakes hands with his twentysomething self
THE VERVE – FORTH – 4* Stormy, heavenly and hymnal – it’s like they’ve never been away
TEDDY THOMPSON – A PIECE OF WHAT YOU NEED – 4* The son also rises. A great, Orbison-inspired piece of work. Plus Q&A…
SHIRLEY & DOLLY COLLINS – THE HARVEST YEARS – 5* Remastered recordings dust off the crowning glories of English folk’s Indian summer. Includes a Q&A with Shirley Collins…
CAROLE KING – TAPESTRY – 4* Low-key, high impact pop; Reissued over two discs with live versions
RANDY NEWMAN – HARPS & ANGELS – 4* Newman is back with a blinding album after almost a decade.
WALTER BECKER – CIRCUS MONEY – 4* First in 14 years from the other Steely Dan man
THE HOLD STEADY – STAY POSITIVE – 5* Elliptical, euphoric and “staggeringly good” says Allan Jones, plus a Q&A with Craig Finn
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