- by Miranda Schunke.
Albums - Ministry of Sound
The Annual 2002 (Ministry of Sound) Ministry of Sound have
certainly been busy this month with the release of Back To The Old
School, Headliners, The Politics of Dancing, The Chillout Annual
2002 and not the release of The Annual 2002. In the past, this
renowned album has included famous DJs (Judge Jules, Pete Tong,
Boy George), compiling and remixing a vast array of monster hits
and indulging in unheard of, soon to be club classics. However
this year sees a twist in the Ministry saga. There are no
famous DJs or any DJ. From the outlook it could be compared
to a normal stereotyped compilation album which thinks it has a
reputation - The Best Dance Album In The World.Ever! - Part
7. The 62 track album is targeted at every type of clubber, from
those who like the commercialised and dance anthems, to garage and
trance, emerging hits from 12 months ago such as, Rui Da Silva,
Jakatta, Roger Sanchez, So Solid Crew and not forgetting some of
the newly released singles recently, including Jean-Jacques
Smoothie and Superman Lovers. Although I was disappointed in not
hearing a renowned DJ do their reinventing and mixing, this did
not affect the quality of the album.
Singles - Natalie Imbruglia
That day (BMG) Natalie Imbruglia has been blabbing in every
interview lately that she has spent the last four years working on
a new album. And what do we get? That day, first
single to be taken from it. This is a good example of the
word 'crap'. Sorry Natalie, but what a big mistake.
Who extended her record deal? Aha! She had a hit with Torn.
Folks, don't let her rip you off your £3.99. If I were you,
I would go to my nearest take-away rather than spend my money on
whatever it is she claims to be music. Lest I forget has anyone
noticed her fake English accent?
Singles - Muse
Feeling Good/Hyper Space Dementia (Mushroom)
Obvious single choice and Lamacq session darling, Nina Simone's
cover never looked, sounded or felt so good. From the moody
double bass melody to the raunchy keyboard and megaphoned
operatics of space cadet Matthew Bellamy, this track is a
fantastic cover that will everyone turned on more than a cat on
heat - Nina would be proud. Yet it is Hyper Space Dementia
that is the show stealer with its Atari teenage Riot angst,
sonically distorted and reverb-filled rattling guitar riffs,
screaming rage Against the machine-esque vocals and a striking
bassline. Taken from the album Origin of Symmetry which is
on display t a future opera house near you, I would suggest you
check out both at the same time and say goodbye to reality, but
with a sinister smile.
at the Lady.
- Photographs by
Chris Haslam from
No Fate decided that rehearsals were not paying, so
he and two other bands joined forces to both entertain and
practice. The groups hired out Our Lady of Lourdes Social Club from
6 to closing time to allow the younger people of the rock community
a chance to enjoy a gig, and also to allow the bands to
practice and earn some much needed cash. We went along
to see what all the noise was about and here are the
helping out (Above).