FIRSTLY, a little context.
The relaunch of this blog had rejuvinated and rekindled my already ludicrously obsessive relationship with music of late.
And in the past few weeks there’s been some great music released.
For example last Monday alone I was awestruck by the brilliance of I Like Trains’ latest doom-laden synth-soaked LP The Shallows, the raw brilliance of The Royal Headache’s debut, the full throttle rock of Hot Water Music, the folk-drum and bass crossovers of The Imagined Village…
You get the picture.
But there had to be a bad week coming, and I think it’s here – for a start nothing new out this week compares to the aforementioned releases.
And then I’ve got a handful of thoroughly disappointing forthcoming releases to review.
A little more context – I really like Paloma Faith.
I think she’s original, exciting, talented, cute, quirky, funny, totally engrossing with a belter of a voice – she’s like Lady Gaga and Kylie rolled in to one.
I have a lot of time for her.
But all the time I have given to her new album, Fall To Grace, sadly has been wasted.
This collection is just lacking – despite Faith’s best efforts, there’s no stand-out Stone Cold Sober singles, instead there’s too many ballads and yet none reach the peaks of her debut.
Quite simply, it’s luckly that Paloma Faith is behind the mic on Fall To Grace to drag it up to average.
LADY Gaga is set to appear on The Simpsons – giving the animators a hard time of it.
The Paparazzi pop star – who voices herself in the show – manages to don 18 different outfits during her one episode, including a flaming bra and a dress made from Grammys.
Gaga said: “I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
“My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.”
I’LL WAGER there’s not been a lot of NME Cool List/Eurovision crossover in musical spheres before, but former world’s coolest Beth Ditto and her band Gossip have been talking up an ABBA influence on their latest, A Joyful Noise.
And it seems the rockier Gossip of old mixed with ABBA ends up more like a radio friendly Texas sort of beast.
Their trademark fury, exhibited on their best known numbers like Standing In The Way Of Control and Heavy Cross, is more restrained here, drowned in a sheen of synth – which works well in parts, such as on clear single Perfect World.
But this new production from Brian Higgins of Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys and Girls Aloud fame does overegg tracks somewhat – adding hints of Lady Gaga to the likes of Get A Job and a cheesy dance feel to tracks like Get Lost and Move In The Right Direction.
It’s a continuation of an ongoing progression by the band, granted, and it’s not entirely disagreeable.
I would however I would stop well short of calling their current noise joyful – for me, Ditto and co would do well to remember the passion that made them stand out in the first place.