Singles - The
Cranberries 'Analyze' (Island)
fruit-based band are back with another catchy, sing along
tune. Admittedly, there's no new ground trodden here, but a
run of the mill Cranberries song is far better than much of
today's chart music. You know what to expect, Dolores
O'Riordan's inimitable voice combined with the usual guitars and
drumbeats. Its no Zombie or Linger but it's still a good
song, if a little peppier than usual. The tune doesn't go
anywhere in particular and there's not much distinction between
verse and chorus, but in some cases this can benefit a song and
this is definitely the case with Analyze.
Singles - The
Beta Band 'Human Being' (Regal)
The Beta Band
have obviously got a soft
spot for Craig David's 7 Days - why else would their new single be
formed around a day by day account of a relationship. Of
course, being indie-types and not smooth operators, it's about the
end of a relationship rather than getting jiggy. Poor lads.
Musically its pretty much typical, but still rather good Beta Band
stuff with a nod to tracks like Dry The Rain and Dr. Baker from
The 3EP's. Unfortunately its still not as good as Squares -
the original first single from their new album, (which was pulled
due to having the same samples as that I Monster track) but in a
much more inventive way to create a gem of a track. The
campaign to get them to re-release it starts here...
Gorillaz "Rock The House" (Parlophone)
The Mercury Music Prize snubbers are unlikely to equal
their previous chart successes with this mediocre single.
The fourth song to be released from their album, originally
entitled Gorillaz, Rock The House lacks the distinctive vocals of
Damon Albarn, rendering it incomparable to the annoyingly catchy
19/2000 and the instantly recognizable Clint Eastwood. The
song is noticeably darker than these mainstream hits with peculiar
melodic loops contrasting with bog-standard hip-hop overtones.
Consequently, I cant imagine many would rush out to buy this as it
bears little resemblance to what initially made Gorillaz appeal to
the teenybopper masses.
Albums - Right
Said Fred - Fredhead (RCA)
Pity the oft-misunderstood
genre of the comedy
record. But lo! Mincing to the rescue comes the err,
long awaited new Fredhead. Germany understands this, hence
Right Said Fred keeping David Hasselhoff from the top of the
charts this summer. Back home, its like they've never been
away since the formula remains the same; apparently improvised
rhymes over bontempi-like euro disco beat. And sod
credibility, let alone commercialism when your onto such a winner.
The only odd concession here being that all songs are somewhat
dubiously addressed to a girlfriend. More bizarrely, they
still look exactly the same as you remember. But then they
always did look like pensioners pumped full of steroids. You've
got to love any album opening with 'Aaargh'll tell you what I
think/I think she's a cow.' What a mighty single You're
My Mate is, accompanied by the most camp video since Bowie met
Jagger and they pranced down the street in complimenting silk
jumpsuits. Adding whistling, a choir and the by now
inevitable bagpipes only reinforce that genius.
If your sides have recovered, the Freds proceed to take in the
memorable Funk You 'Girlfriend/Fancy a lager/Or would you prefer a
Pina Colada', cybersex (Lovers.com), a couple of approximations of
Lover's Rock and they even find time to rework old fave, I'm too
Sexy along with the genuine daft pop classic Don't Talk Just Kiss.
A fitting work then!
Sadly, of course, Fred head is destined to become a lost gem,
which is a shame since its mastery of high camp disco should make
Kylie blush with shame. Get this record if only to dig out
for your grandkids. Especially since its likely to make its
way all too hastily to Woolies bargain bin.
- Albums - Tomahawk
- Tomahawk are almost a
grunge super group. Formed this year by Jesus
Lizard guitarist Duane Denison, the band contains members
from Faith No More, Helmet and the Melvin's. With such
credentials behind them it could be thought that they would
produce a thunderous sound that reflected early nineties
grunge, and to an extent they do.
The opening track, Flashback, has a heavy riff that
resembles Sound garden and the bass rumbles along enough to
measure about three on the Richter scale. However, the
album has been produced to try and fit into the nu-metal
market and this ruins what could be a very good album.
On many of the tracks there is repeated noise. I can
only presume that this is an attempt at a very clever guitar
effect, but it has gone seriously wrong making it very
annoying and repetitive. The vocals are muffled and
Denison on many tracks tries to do a "scary goth"
voice that eventually elapses into unmistakable screaming.
In Pop1, he repeatedly shouts, "This beat could win me
the Grammy". Well, unless they start handing out
Grammies for worst nu-metal imitation, its highly unlikely.
This is a dull, boring and monotonous album. The last
track is called Narcosis and it certainly sent me into one.
Their website claims that the album "could never be
described as easy-listening". This is quite
correct, as it was an extremely painful experience.
The filming of two of the most
expensive films to be made on British soil may be jeopardized by
the threat of an actor's strike. The news comes as a major blow to
the British film industry, after securing contracts to film the
new Bond movie and the second of the Harry Potter trilogy in
Britain. The strike centers on the residual payments made to
actors on DVD and video sales and on television broadcasts of
their films. Whereas American actors get a percentage, their
British counterparts get only a one-off payment.
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