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U2 - No Line On The Horizon

DESPITE being 30 years into their career, a new album from Bono and Co is still a big deal. If No Line On The Horizon is an important album for listeners, for the band its success is vital. As is often the case, you have to go back to go forward, and this 12th album sees U2 pulling out all their iconic tricks, ie, The Edge's delay-laden guitars and Bono's passionate vocals, which dominate the album. Put simply, it's U2's finest work since Achtung Baby.

Rating *****

Howling Bells - Radio Wars

HOWLING BELLS' self-titled debut garnered superlative reviews, but sales didn't match. With this second album, they've added enough pop hooks to get the commercial success they so richly deserve.

However, on Into The Chaos and new single Cities Burning Down, they've kept the menace and intrigue that made their first such a resounding success.

Rating ****

Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It

RAPHAEL SAADIQ has an illustrious career behind him, performing as part of 80s neosoul trio Tony! Toni Tone! and 90s RnB group Lucy Pearl. But this latest solo album could be his most chart-worthy yet. Paying homage to the sounds of Motown and Stax, The Way I See It pulls the same triggers that shot Amy Winehouse to international acclaim with her retro-soul album Back To Black, but is he really saying anything new?

Rating ***

The Answer - Everyday Demons

SOON to be glimpsed in supporting role as AC/DC's world tour reaches Britain, the new album from Northern Ireland's The Answer confirms an impressive talent which can be seriously and realistically compared with the aforementioned Aussie titans. More anthemic and immediate than the previous offering, Rise, this CD is seemingly designed with selling-out enormo-domes in mind. Everyday Demons should send these boys soaring into the metal stratosphere.

Rating ****

Various Artists - 80s Niteclub

AN ECLECTIC selection of '80s favourites spread over three absorbing CDs, 80s Niteclub is surely well-placed to become the soundtrack for all the best retro parties of 2009. With a grand total of 54 hits, value for money is certainly the order of the day here.

There's no doubting that memorable hits include West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys), Poison Arrow (ABC) and All Night Long (Lionel Richie) audibly and impressively stand the test of time.

Rating ***
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Feb 27, 2009
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