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”.
Thursday 01 August 2013
You might be forgiven for mistaking the cover of the new James Bond novel, Solo, for something relating to another well-loved long-running franchise in the process of being rebooted: Star Wars (although the novel has nothing to do with Hans Solo, obviously).
Saturday 20 July 2013
Stephen Alford's fine study begins with an intriguing titbit of counterfactual history: in 1586, Queen Elizabeth I is assassinated, prompting a Spanish invasion after which Protestant England is reconciled to Rome.
Monday 15 April 2013
The author of the new James Bond novel has revealed there is a “strangely Bondian” code hidden in the title of the book, which will be called Solo.
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Wednesday 02 January 2013
Iconic 007 action sequences in pictures
Wednesday 12 December 2012
007 is getting a new literary outing 60 years after Casino Royale
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.
Saturday 24 November 2012
A “brave” pensioner has been praised by police after he grabbed the wheel of a bus after its driver passed out.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, has brought in £60m at box offices across the UK in the two weeks since its release, according to the cinema group Cineworld.
Friday 26 October 2012
Pera Palace Istanbul
Monday 22 October 2012
The 007-fan was tasked with condensing the classic series in a way that would appeal to both diehard and new readers
Saturday 13 October 2012
Monday 08 October 2012
It's 50 years since James Bond made his film debut and the world's most famous secret agent has being having a not-so-secret affair with big brands ever since. From the watches, the beers and the cars that pay top dollar to feature as Bond's brands of choice in his movies, to the ads that have shamelessly appropriated some 007 cool, Ian Fleming's hero has probably sold more products than any other fictional character.
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