Album releases; Music.
Byline: With GAVIN MARTIN
STAND OUT ALBUM
THE DIVINE COMEDY
Deep and flighty visions of romance light up the first Divine Comedy album in six years. Neil Hannon says the album is "what happens after the happily ever after", and his girlfriend, musician Cathy Davey, gilds the expansive and ebullient Funny Peculiar.
Lazy rapture is the keynote on the sashaying, old school strings and decorous arrangement of The Pact. A classic, Macca-like, piano riff hammers out the all-alone blues on the splendid How Can You Leave Me On My Own.
Brimming with varied, intoxicating and intelligent tunes, Foreverland is one heady pleasure.
Growing Over Life ****
The third album - and first in five years - from the Tottenham MC aka Jermaine Scott Sinclair is ferocious and funny, personal and political. Wretch's slice-of-life tracks address strife and social injustice locally and elsewhere, taking in the dynamism of Open Conversation and negotiating the tricky terrain of personal relationship (Take Me As I Am). His all-encompassing musical brain and hard-hitting lyrical flow embrace everything from Hendrix to grime.
SKYE & ROSS
Skye & Ross
This elegant, lean and perfectly primed, 10-track debut returns Morcheeba duo Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey to the working pattern that defined their heyday. But the rootsy delicacy of Clear My Mind, the swirling eruptions of All My Days and the prowling nouveau Afro-Psych stomp of Feet First broker exciting new territories. That quality is maintained throughout with the help of Skye's husband and son drum and bass duo.
After their independent 25,000-selling 2014 debut, Elizabeth and Katherine, 22-year-old twins from Hampshire, are being tipped for success in the new era of homegrown country, but their skills are dramatically overstated. The formulaic empty gallop of Carry You Home sets up a production line of prissiness, predictability and soundbite lyricism, clearly influenced by both The Corrs and Fleetwood Mac.
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|Title Annotation:||Features; Opinion Column|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 2, 2016|
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