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Bob Sinclar – III

Third long-player from playful Franco-house pioneer

Insomnia

Stylish Norwegian thriller, remade last year by Christopher Nolan, whose version is almost eerily faithful to the original. Nolan had the powerhouse cast—Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank—but this probably has the sharper atmospheric edge, and director Erik Skjoldbjærg builds the tension expertly.

This Month In Soundtracks

If you can remember the '90s, you have mediocre taste in music. Subtitled "The Best Of Britpop", this double CD ties in with the John Dower documentary about that media-stoked mirage, Cool Britannia. As Blair morphs into Thatcher and everyone wonders what they saw in the Gallaghers, it's not a fruitful time to hear this listless stodge. The track listing prompts an inner sigh—Cast, Shed Seven, the supremely flaccid Embrace. No wonder it was piss-easy for The Strokes to clean up with three Blondie riffs.

Nostalgia

Oblique, arcane and infuriatingly sluggish, even by Tarkovsky's standards (makes Andrei Rublyov look like Moulin Rouge), Nostalgia is the litmus test for arthouse cinephiles. The 'story' of a Russian poet locked in existential agony while researching an obscure 18th-century composer is brimful of breathtaking tableaux, portentous dialogue and primal symbolism (flickering flame as human soul). But is it enough?

Grand Popo – Football Club Shampoo Victims

Electro duo Ariel Wizman and Nicolas Errera bring fun back to French avant-disco with help from Sparks

Heavy Souls

Two discs including tracks from albums one to four and five to eight. Oh, and the best hard rock ever recorded

This Month In Americana

Sublime second LP from Chicago quartet

Delbert McClinton – Room To Breathe

Texan roadhouse rocker still displays true grit

Fully Armed

Incendiary debut from NYC electro-terrorists

Various Artists – Down At The Crossroads:The Robert Johnson Connection

Boxed three-disc set exploring the historical context surrounding the '30s country-blues guitarist
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