Album of the week is no close run thing this week, with Spiritualized’s Songs In A&E beating everything by some considerable distance. It’s a beautiful, personal record, following Jason Pierce’s brush with death back in 2005. This is the group’s best since Ladies And Gentlemen…, and although it doesn’t quite match the majesty of that LP, it certainly ranks higher than either of the last two records. A contender for album of the year so far. Best of the rest is Vetiver’s third LP Thing Of The Past, a slice of melodic folk-rock. Not really a patch on 2006’s To Find Me Gone, but still a good record. Also rocking the folky end of the spectrum this week is South London’s Johnny Flynn with his debut, A Larum. Possibly the first album to contain a song after Shrek-faced scouser Wayne Rooney.
The Futurehead’s third LP, This Is Not The World, is self-released after 2006’s News and Tributes was perceived as a flop. This, like the last, is a solid effort though; sure there’s not the spark of their debut, but good nonetheless. The Wedding Present continue their recent revival with El Rey, which I haven’t heard. Eyebrows were raised when the pioneering electronic label Warp signed Maxïmo Park, those same eyebrows may well clear their respective foreheads when they hear Born Ruffians. Indie to the core, there is nothing here to distinguish them from the pack, and on this evidence Warp may be better sticking to bleeps and breaks.
The more electronic side of things is relatively sparse this week, the biggest release possibly being Booka Shade’s The Sun & The Neon Light. Much noisier is Health’s remix album Health//Disco, featuring remixes by Crystal Castles and other hand-picked artists. From what I’ve heard, the big Crystal Castles glitchfest Crimewave is the highlight. Towards the quiet side is Minilogue’s double-LP release Animals, slight minimal techno fluff from Sweden. A good listen.
The final three this week are a mixed bunch, quality post-rock from Norwich’s Sennen, wonderfully eclectic singer-songwritery stuff from Euro-skipping Lonely Drifter Karen, and then to round off some staid indie-rock from NME-dahlings The Pigeon Detectives.
The results from the last poll were:
1. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Angles
2. Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married But I Have Feelings Too
=3. Santogold – Santogold
=3. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
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Filed under: Releases | Tagged: Booka Shade, Born Ruffians, Health, Johnny Flynn, Lonely Drifter Karen, Minilogue, Pigeon Detectives, Sennen, Spiritualized, The Futureheads, The Wedding Present, Vetiver |