Album: Edwyn Collins, Losing Sleep (Heavenly)
Friday 17 September 2010
For this comeback album following his recuperation from two brain haemorrhages, Edwyn Collins has recruited a few fan/friends as co-writers and performers, the best of whom appears to be The Cribs' Ryan Jarman.
His slightly malevolent undertone dovetails nicely with Collins's baritone bonhomie, while the spiky riff to their "What Is My Role?" recalls the claustrophobic menace of Magazine's "Shot By Both Sides". Roddy Frame, Johnny Marr and The Drums also lend diverse assistance, while Franz Ferdinand help Collins to celebrate the restoration of his artistic faculties with the 12-string guitar and electric piano of "Do It Again" – although the Motown dynamism of "Losing Sleep" and rousing optimism of "Over The Hill" confirm that Collins actually requires no help at all to create fresh pop classics of his own. A welcome return.
DOWNLOAD THIS Losing Sleep; What Is My Role?; Do It Again
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'naked pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since TV series ended in 2004
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'