With Daniel Blumberg off to pastures new, the slimmed-down Yuck's sound seems svelte of style, having lost most of its rougher edges and lo-fi feistiness. What's left builds on their Teenage Fanclub-style guitars'n'harmonies approach, but takes it in a less intriguing direction. Effectively, the reverberating soft-focus sheets of chiming guitar and slow-burning, methodical arpeggios of tracks like "Out Of Time", "Somewhere" and "Memorial Fields" resuscitate the long-forgotten corpse of shoegazing, albeit with better melodies for the most part.
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Friday 27 September 2013
Though already condemned by Van himself, there's much to appreciate about this 4-CD expanded edition of one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It's fascinating to follow the development of a track such as "Caravan" across half a dozen takes; and the previously unreleased "I Shall Sing" is a delight, like discovering a delicious new centre in your favourite box of chocolates. But what should be particularly gratifying for the singer is that throughout, he's clearly made the best choices for each and every song.
Friday 13 September 2013
This album of covers was inspired by Mark Lanegan's childhood recollections of his parents' social evenings, when the tones of such as Andy Williams, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra would wrap warmly around proceedings. His own sepia baritone summons some of that warmth on versions of “Solitaire”, “Autumn Leaves” and “You Only Live Twice”. Elsewhere, the crepuscular tone spreads into more recent material such as The Twilight Singers' “Deepest Shade” and a beautiful version of Nick Cave's “Brompton Oratory”.
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Tuesday 05 March 2013
Michael Plant reviews the latest game in the Tomb Raider series
Friday 15 February 2013
Sam Mendes DVD/Blu-ray (143mins)
Friday 11 January 2013
It’s as British as a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit, will forever be associated with James Bond and next week Aston Martin will be 100 year.
'No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die': Showdown between Goldfinger and Sean Connery voted greatest James Bond moment
Wednesday 02 January 2013
Iconic 007 action sequences in pictures
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Danny Boyle's triumphant Olympic opening ceremony has been hailed as one of the most inspiring TV moments of all time second only to the moon landing, according to an audience survey.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Some dared to call it the best James Bond film yet. Now Skyfall has become the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office, surpassing James Cameron’s 3D epic Avatar.
Saturday 01 December 2012
Monday 26 November 2012
The first weapon looks like an innocuous electric torch, except it is able to fire three bullets. The second is a ballpoint pen with a poisoned needle. The third is another "poison pen", containing a bullet that both punctures the skin and releases a deadly toxin.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
Filmmaker Sam Mendes could return for a further Bond movie following the box-office success of his 007 debut Skyfall.
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