Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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Fay Hield, Old Adam, album review

Save for a Tom Waits song in the traditional mode, Old Adam comprises old folk material in spruced-up new arrangements, offering a kaleidoscopic view of storytelling through the centuries. Fay Hield’s singing throughout is open and honest, delivering the stories unencumbered by needless ornament or moralising. The most familiar are probably “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” and “Jack Orion”, twin tales of sexual deception where carefree carelessness is conveyed by sprightly banjo-picking and dervish fiddling, respectively. But the oldest and most intriguing is “The Hag In The Beck”, an enchantment tale of spooky circularity set to the eerie squeak and drone of fiddles. By contrast, the drolly philosophical title-track describes Adam’s life as free from worry  or fear, but wonders where, without danger and temptation, lies his nobility?

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Future, Evol: 'Rapping romantic heading down a dead-end street'

If you’re going to call yourself Future, you’d better have at least a tenuous grasp on modernity, and with his distinctive rap style allied to cutting-edge beats, Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – for such is Future’s rather splendid given name – certainly fulfils that requirement. You’d also better have, if not popularity, then at least a presence bordering on ubiquity, which Future is fast approaching, in America at least. In the R&B world, “heat” is measured partly by collaborative frequency, and in that regard, he’s on fire, with dozens of credits over the past couple of years, including a complete mixtape album recorded with Drake, What a Time to Be Alive, debuting at number one last September.