Girls Aloud The Sound of Girls Aloud Greatest Hits (Polydor) Rating ****
HAVE we have already reached the point were Girls Aloud have got greatest hits album out? It can't be that long ago they were created in reality TV.
But here we are, spread over two albums.
The dual CD idea is stretching it a little however there are only 19 songs in total here with a couple of different versions of tracks to pad it all out a little.
These are brilliantly crafted pop songs but the tempo is a little samey and unrelenting by the end.
Amy Winehouse Back To Black (Island) Rating *****
THIS is not just the best soul album to be released this year it is, without doubt the best LP so far in 2006.
Amy Winehouse's second LP is not the stripped down affair which marked her first effort Frank.
This is big, wonderful and evokes the memory of classic soul of the 60s, but there is also a some jazz mixed in there as well. With a mature lyrical style, an unabashed confidence and a voice that is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Winehouse stands head and shoulders above her peers.
Tenacious D Pick of Destiny (Columbia) Rating ***
ACTOR Jack Black's continuing efforts with his band all have a deliberate feel of Spinal Tap.
This single is the first thing to herald the group's first movie. It's a loud affair with Black mugging for all he is worth through a prog rock track.
For those who have their last album the joke may start wearing a little thin but there is still a juvenile joy to be had in a band who manage to keep such a straight face while taking nothing seriously.
Robbie Williams Rudebox (Chrysalis) Rating **
WHEN was the last time that there was a really good Robbie Williams album?
It has been a while and this does not go any further to addressing the problem. There are collaborations galore on here including Lily Allen and The Pet Shop Boys as well as producing duties from William Orbit amongst others.
But Williams's attempts to rebirth 80s Hip Hop and electro with a Stoke accent sound misguided at best and at worst painfully self-indulgent.