Singer-guitarist Steven Page has left the Barenaked Ladies.
Pacific! thoroughly live up to their name. Not in the oceanic sense but in the adjectival one: they pacify you. 'Reveries', the Swedish electro-pop duo's idyllic debut album, sounds as if you're being serenaded by an unusually benign robot.
Jim Noir's dazzling 2006 album Tower of Love was basically just an aggregation of earlier EPs, so this is the Mancunian genius's debut proper. And what a debut, stuffed with whimsical beauty and gorgeous layered harmonies that Brian Wilson would kill for, each instrument and vocal painstakingly overdubbed by Noir.
Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd refused to castigate his leading scorer Darius Henderson, who missed a crucial penalty in this must-win promotion contest against the Championship leaders Bristol City last night. Henderson, looking for his 13th goal of the season, struck his 41st-minute spot-kick just high and close enough for Adriano Basso, City's Brazilian goalkeeper, to throw himself to the left to make what could be the most important save of his season.