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Reviews: ALBUMS.

JOE BROWN More Of The Truth

VERDICT: *****

THE veteran rock'n'roller releases a new album of family-fuelled sounds. The 14 tracks are produced and mixed by Joe's son Pete, who also features on guitars, mandolin and backing vocals. Joe's daughter Sam also pops up on keyboards and accordion. It's a warm and friendly album from the rich vocal-led gospel sound of Leave That Liar Alone to the classic boogie-woogie and rock'n'roll style on Ain't Too Old. Joe plays Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre next Thursday.

ST ETIENNE London Conversations: The Best Of St Etienne

VERDICT: *****

BROUGHT together loosely on the theme of London, this double CD is a natural progression from St Etienne's two London-inspired films and artistic residency at The Royal Festival Hall. While the concept brings to the foreground elements of urban living present in their music - drenched sound of more recent tracks such as Soft Like Me, and passing London references, one suspects the album provides a convenient re-imagining of their old hits alongside new material for the purpose of a follow-up to their 2001 Best Of collection Smash The System.

THE ELEMENTS The Elements

VERDICT: *****

THERE'S a 60s feel to the debut album from the Birmingham quartet, with hints of the Small Faces and the Who mixed with recollections of Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene - unsurprising as Andy Bennett and Tim Jaques also perform with OCS. But this is an album that non-mods can enjoy.

FEI COMODO They All Have Two Faces

ERDICT: *****

METAL and hardcore collide to devastating effect on this debut from Essex upstarts Fei Comodo.

The element of surprise keeps the listener fully engaged. An atmospheric instrumental opener is followed by full-on rage in the form of new single Break The Ice.

Fei Comodo also lob in plenty of harmony and emotionally-charged interludes. They will be supporting Blessed By A Broken Heart at the Barfly in Birmingham on December 1 0.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 11, 2008
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