Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.
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Wednesday 06 February 2013
I'll admit it, the title of Radio 2's latest mega-series, The People's Songs, had me worried. Surely even the BBC has worked out that when it comes to music "the people" cannot be trusted. Remember when Radio 2 listeners deemed Robbie Williams' "Angels" the best song of the past 25 years at the Brits? I was there and, I can tell you, the sight of inebriated industry nobs trying to wipe the WTF expressions off their faces as the cameras swooped in for close-ups was very special indeed.
Thursday 24 January 2013
Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas are among the bands donating tracks for a new charity album to raise awareness of tinnitus.
Sunday 23 December 2012
Christmas songs tend to be either brash and tinselly or calm and still. This collection falls as delicately and lightly as snow into the latter category.
Saturday 22 December 2012
Like Tracey Thorn, the Kolacny Brothers have searched in unexpected corners to unearth seasonal material for their Belgian women's choir Scala.
Thursday 27 September 2012
If there had been a spot for stand-up in the London 2012 closing ceremonies, it would surely have gone to Michael McIntyre.
Sunday 29 July 2012
Only Dizzee Rascal can save us from this mess
Saturday 21 July 2012
Predicting a No 1 song used to be a mug's game. But today a team of data experts and computer geeks will generate a scientific model which promises to help EMI's star acts craft the perfect hit.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Cheryl Cole here offers her most confident set yet, augmenting the familiar collaborators – will.i.am, Calvin Harris, Taio Cruz – with fresher talent like producer Panther, who brings a range of sonic exclamation-marks to the twitchy electro of "Girl in the Mirror".
Monday 11 June 2012
Fans claim glowing wristbands given out at concerts are keeping them awake at night
Monday 11 June 2012
Coldplay fans have been spooked after the coloured wristbands which turn stadiums into a spectacle of lights during the band's shows suddenly began flashing of their own accord, days after the event.
Saturday 09 June 2012
There's a drive and urgency about Maxïmo Park's The National Health that perfectly matches frontman Paul Smith's dominant lyrical theme, of taking arms against a sea of troubles in order to forge a better life for yourself.
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