AUSTRALIAN soaperstar turned musician turned style icon Natalie Imbruglia springs back into action after a four year absence with her new album, Come To Life.
Unfortunately, the revival is still unlikely to see her being known for anything other than millstone single Torn.
For the album, although featuring some excellent work – such as the thumping My God and the Coldplay collaborations Scars and Fun – is sadly less than the sum of its parts.
Because as a whole the album just doesn’t work for me, with no flow between tracks.
LOUGHBOROUGH hip hop group Shelly Soljaz have produced a video for their track Street Life.
The song is expected to feature on their forthcoming album, due for a December release.
Check out the Loughborough Echo making a cameo at 1.25!
ALL the hallmarks of trailblazing Manchester superclub the Hacienda’s glory days are captured on Peter Hook‘s two-CD mix Hacienda: Acid House Classics.
There are throbbing, flanging keyboard melodies, piano stabs, whistles and horns, triangle taps, plodding retro house beats, crowd roars and 1990s-voiced female MCs saying things like: “Yo DJ pump the bass.”
The trouble is, for myself and anyone of the same age or younger, this is as much a history lessons as a new release – with only the Josh Wink and New Order tracks jogging any kind of nostalgia for me.
But if you were there, Hacienda: Acid House Classic will be an enjoyable trip back in time – especially with a corresponding book from the former New Order bassist also coming out.
SET for a return next week are The Twilight Sad – and it should be a happy occasion for fans of Editors-esque indie rock.
The group, who hail from Glasgow, Scotland, peddle a doom-laden brand of indie rock on second LP Forget The Night Ahead which is epic enough to match the apocalyptic vibe.
The tracks here, which are a honed as they come on the likes of I Became A Prostitute and That Birthday Present, are housed inside a dense wall of feedback that does err towards becoming a dirge of noise in places on the studio effort.
But unleashed live, I have no doubts that the furious Forget The Night Ahead would soundtrack an evening to remember.
AFTER a massive wait, the massive Massive Attack return next week with their first new release since 2003’s 100th Window.
And the moody trip hop of the Splitting The Atom EP, the prelude to the eventual release of the long-awaited LP5 which has been on the cards since 2004, is not a massive disappointment.
The four track teaser starts with the sedated groove of the title track, before TV On The Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe features on the awesome, atmospheric Pray For Rain.
Two remixes follow – the Van Rivers And The Subliminal Kid Remix of Martina Topley Bird collaboration Pysche and the Christoff Berg Remix of Bulletproof Love, which sees the Bristol group fratanising with Elbow‘s Guy Garvey – which are therefore unlikely to feature on the full length, due next year.
Overall it’s a tantalising return to the charts – Splitting The Atom may not explode immediately, but instead marks past masters lighting the fuse for a full return.