Singles of the Week

Well, like the weather this week's crop of singles is nothing to write home about. Still, every cloud has its silver lining...

An Autumn For Crippled Children
[b]An Autumn For Crippled Children[/b] may not be the biggest of names in black metal today but with third album [i]Only The Ocean Knows[/i], the Dutch trio continue to unleash some of the finest and most original music in the genre in the last decade. Last year's [i]Everything[/i] was remarkable for the unashamed positivity that is so at odds with the standard fare and whilst this time they back away from such a bold and unique statement, that buoyant mood still pervades the record throughout.Whilst [i]Only The Ocean Knows[/i] sits sonically between the first two, it doesn't quite attain the heights of either predecessor. A mixture of the Lovecraftian malice and euphoric optimism, all wrapped up in a chillingly heavy aural package, this is still a fine example of black metal experimentation and execution, and cements [b]An Autumn For Crippled Children[/b] as our favourite underground cult metal band.

Will the tide change?

Jon Lord
It seems somehow fitting that [b]Jon Lord[/b]'s swansong is a fully furnished studio version of his opus [i]Concerto For Group And Orchestra[/i]. Some 43 years (almost to the day) after its first performance with [b]Deep Purple[/b] at the Royal Albert Hall, this is an all-star cast with the likes of [b]Bruce Dickinson[/b], [b]Joe Bonamassa[/b] and [b]Steve Morse[/b] lending their veritable talents in joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra for this meticulous recreation of Lord's revolutionary work.The three-movement work shows off the love [b]Jon Lord[/b] had of romantic era music, in particular [b]Sibelius[/b] and [b]Tchaikovsky[/b], and as such the more classical passages fail to go beyond pure homage. The problem with this now being put together in a studio is the lack of interaction between the orchestra and the band, sounding more like a battle between the two opposing styles rather than a meshing. But the crispness and sweetness of the sound ensures that this version of [i]Concerto For Group And Orchestra[/i] is a worthy testament to the legacy of this child in time.

The good Lord's work remembered.

Ah Mika, it's almost applaudable how little he seems to care about appealing outside of his fanbase. 'Celebrate' is Mika by the numbers: an unashamedly cheesy and slick pop ditty layered with his characteristically unique vocals, the edgiest thing about 'Celebrate' is Pharrell Williams' brief vocal contributions.


It's entropy, my dear Watson.

Paloma Faith
As a standalone track (below), Paloma Faith's take on the INXS effort 'Never Tear Us Apart' does so little to change compared to the original that, excellent vocal performance from the ever-reliable Paloma aside, you wonder what the point is; in orchestral form as a soundtrack to a John Lewis advert however, it provides the suitable emotional oomph to bring the tears and is completely sumptuous and delightfully melodramatic.

This Many Boyfriends
The latest track to be taken from Leeds-based This Many Boyfriends' eponymous debut album (out Oct 8th), 'Number One' is inoffensive jangly indie guitar pop that takes the tempo down a notch or two from previous singles, to the track's detriment. It's all nicely done, but so low-key as to be unmemorable.

Single of the Week

Dog Is Dead
Taken from Dog Is Dead's excellent debut album All Our Favourite Stories, 'Talk Through The Night' is the perfect example of the Nottingham five-piece's default template. All smart guitar backing (replete with bass hook) and sumptuous vocal harmonies, it's just an utterly lovely three-odd minutes of music.

Last updated: 07/08/2018 00:40:25

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