Byline: With GAVIN MARTIN
Album releases MICHAEL HEAD & THE RED ELASTIC BAND Adios, Senor Pussycat ???? ....
Head is the heroic Scouse survivor and songwriting genius behind such startling bands as The Pale Fountains, Shack and The Strands. At various stages of his career he perfected gameplans which a mixture of bad luck and personal habits upended - leaving the likes of The Smiths, Oasis and The Stone Roses to steal the commercial glory. But Head's latest incarnation shows his knack for melodic ingenuity and disarming subject matter is as dreamily textured as ever.
BOOTSY COLLINS World Wide Funk ???? ....
The first album in six years from fully fledged funk legend Bootsy is as brilliantly bass-boosted and groove-centred as you'd expect from the outrageous icon. The bass-playing precision which powered James Brown and George Clinton is as potent as ever, and irresistible new works Thera-P and Pusherman match such career highs as Stretchin' Out. Bootsy's late, great musical brother in arms Bernie Worrell features and is honoured in A Salute To Bernie. A reminder that true funk originals are in short supply.
CARA DILLON Wanderer ....
Derry-bred Dillon is one of the finest vocal stylists in these islands - as gifted a singer as is currently recording anywhere. On her superlative seventh album - made, as ever, with husband Sam Lakeman of the famous Devon folk family - Cara's clear voice and tender insights are a thing of rejuvenating wonder. Songs of departure and longing in both ancient tunes and new-spun originals are met with her adventuring curiosity and solemn inquiry. The thoughtful introspection suits her perfectly.
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|Title Annotation:||Features; Opinion Column|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 27, 2017|
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