POP: ALBUM REVIEWS
Saturday 08 August 1998
Myron: Destiny (Island Records)
The album by this Cleveland, Ohio, soul arrival offers a great opportunity to glimpse the current cycle in Yank R'n'B. Puff Daddy's once predominant ruthless production style is clearly out of fashion, while old-school, slick, Seventies grooves, underpinned by a clicking, skeletal breakbeat (see also Monica and Gerald Levert albums) are in. Myron, meanwhile, is desperately likeable, but the familiar avenues down which his songs flow make this only fleetingly sensuous. Undistinguished. HH
Astrid: Boy For You (Nude)
Astrid, who hails from Shetland, has equipped herself with just the right measure of vivaciousness, and invests her tunes with a suitable dose of revealing lyrics and strummed charm. But it is still far too early to say whether that edgy voice and vibrant directness will give her the wings to fly high. Sure, the swaysome piano-mourner "Someone" sounds like Aretha Franklin, but Astrid is just aping the best - for now. HH
Life & Style blogs
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Facebook attacked over dead relative photos in 'Year in Review' slides
Grim second life of the 'breastaurant': The oft-loathed sector is booming in the States thanks to Hooters, Twin Peaks and Tilted Kilt
PlayStation Network still partly down after hack, but fixes in place
Anti-smoking adverts accused of 'scaremongering'
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
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