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Byline: With GAVIN MARTIN

DAVID BYRNE American Utopia ??? ...

Last year, Byrne passed up the chance to mark the 40th anniversary of his groundbreaking band Talking Heads, preferring to finesse this, his first solo album in 14 years. The product of forward thinking it features collaborations with Brian Eno but the zany devices used to colour the songs and wrong-foot convention don't always make for prime time Byrne. At best the grooves and suitably angular perspectives in Every Day Is A Miracle winningly combine optimism and invention.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS Tearing At The Seams ???? ....

No surprise that new soul supremo Nat and his Night Sweats are brimming with confidence on this bold and swaggering follow-up to their million-plus selling self-titled debut. Their horn-bolstered funk-filled sound gets a terrific boost in the instrumental opener Shoe Boot, an invigorating pointer to a fuller, fatter sound. Rousing heart-lifters here include Say It Louder, the Van Morrison-styled Hey Mama and the full-flowing, organstrafed confessional title track.

JIMI HENDRIX Both Sides of The Sky ???? ....

Astonishingly the canon of unreleased material Hendrix left behind during his all too short career continues to reap rewards long after his death. This set culled from 1969, a year of transition and experimentation following the astounding triumph of Electric Ladyland, shows Hendrix's skills as a frontman, musical genius and collaborator. Versions of many of the songs have previously been released but it makes for a colourful and fascinating addition to anyone's Hendrix collection.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2018
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