POP: ALBUM REVIEWS
Saturday 23 May 1998
Ghostland: Ghostland (EastWest) Big things are expected of this folky, string-laden extravaganza which casts its musical net as wide as Ireland, America and Turkey. Ghostland is a collaboration drawing together celebrated classical musicians, while everyone, from Liam from Hothouse Flowers to Sinead O'Connor, drops in as guests. It is an elegant exercise in evocative gorgeousness, but its sense of mystery soon fades. Superior background music. HH
Mogwai: Kicking A Dead Pig (Eye Q, below) The Scottish instrumental mischief-makers have a lot of friends in other bands who want to smudge the Mogwai blueprint and remix their tracks to add new layers of sonic malcontent; here they do it quite well. Especially interesting are the two takes on "Like Herod" - Leeds troupe Hood make it militantly moody, while Germany's Alec Empire turns in a mindboggling mix of headbanging jungle with spookoid samples. HHH
Cleopatra: Comin' Atcha (WEA) They're frighteningly young, but is that an excuse for this sugary, dated brand of teen pop? The Moss Side trio allow themselves little room to mature into rebellious champs like TLC, and never escape the eager-to-please cuteness of the title track and "Life Ain't Easy", which has the sort of social commentary cliches that one always hopes teenagers don't latch on to too early. H
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