Various Artists – At Least You Can Die With A Smile On Your Face

Twenty-two-track sampler from eclectic art-rock label

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Bella Union, formed five years ago by former Cocteau Twins Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie, compiles a darkly delicious double-CD showcase. Though there is, of course, a strong, erm, ‘ethereal’ quotient, there’s infinite variety, from the gnarly Czars to the daydreaming Devics. Lift To Experience ride “Into The Storm”, Kid Loco summons a sleazy “Little Bit Of Soul”, while Raymonde’s own “Worship Me” is warm rain. The verdant violins of The Dirty Three and Garlic’s perilously funny Pavement near-plagiarisms take the biscuit. The 21st century’s 4AD?

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