POP CD OF THE WEEK.
THE CLASH From Here To Eternity (Columbia): They may have epitomised, in their early years at least, the feral vicariousness of punk, the very essence of alienated dole queue rock, but by the end, as this live compilation demonstrates all too clearly, The Clash were just another rock band. Playing Career Opportunities in front of the screaming hordes at Shea Stadium in 1982 was either a cheeky situationist prank or a sad epitaph for a band that had hopelessly compromised its ideals. I rather suspect the latter. The 17 tracks on this album are drawn from the period 1978-82 when, some would say, the band's importance had already been diluted. I Fought The Law, from 1978, and London Calling, recorded in 1982, are two of the better moments but really this is only interesting for showing perhaps the real reason for the band's disintegration; they were just plain bored - and it shows. HH
KEVIN ROWLAND My Beauty (Creation): The early omens were not good; for a start there was "that" dress and then came the great bottling off of Glastonbury 99. Well, much as you'd like this album to be a triumphant return to form those augeries proved all too prophetic. While The Long and Winding Road, Daydream Believer and Concrete and Clay no doubt mean a lot to Kevin he should have stuck to whistling them in the shower than wrapping them up in overwrought unsuitable arrangements and subjecting them to his often histrionic vocals. Scott Walker he most certainly isn't.
Kevin said he cried listening to this record - he won't be the only one. H