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HEADCAT - Walk The Walk, Talk The Talk VERDICT:MOTORHEAD'S Lemmy has again teamed up with Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B Harvey from Lonesome Spurs and The Rockats for an album of rockabilly standards, the follow-up to 2006's Fool's Paradise. They still appear to be having the time of their lives, tearing through the likes of Shaking All Over, Something Else and Let It Rock, Lemmy's bourbon-soaked vocals complemented by Jim's frenetic drumming and Danny's chiming guitar.

ALEX CLARE - The Lateness Of The Hour VERDICT:LONDONER Alex Clare offers up an intriguing debut album. With producers Diplo and Switch at the helm, wavy dubstep basslines and jungle drums are thrown into the mix to make for a curious combination which oddly works. First single Up All Night has dirty guitars over a frantic beat, Hands Are Clever is a Stevie Wonderesque jam, while Whispering offers a ghostly echo that sends shivers down the spine.

ENTER SHIKARI - Live From Planet Earth VERDICT:FOUR years since their namemaking debut, Enter Shikari (above) continue to release records that sound like remixes. There is no doubt that their blend of hardcore rock and trance beats is a unique one but it never fails to surprise when Rou Reynolds gets his industrial lungs around a backing track that would be more at home on a Prodigy B-side. This live album makes more sense of that sonic mash-up than before, capturing the energy which is essential to both genres.

JILL SCOTT - The Light Of The Sun VERDICT:JILL Scott is one of the most successful contemporary soul singers and the stars line up to collaborate - Eve, Anthony Hamilton and Doug E. Fresh all feature here. Opening tracks Blessed and So In Love are feelgood anthems and testimony to the happy place Jill Scott must be in but fast forward to Womanifesto for soul-piercing poetry and Rolling Hills for melting melodies - both fitting reminders of why JS first came to our attention.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Jul 15, 2011
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