Various Artists, Ace: An entertaining and inspiring collection
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Wednesday 10 September 2008
Sunday 24 August 2008
Friday 22 August 2008
The fine art of blending vocals in a group is one that was beautifully exemplified by the line-up of the Detroit Spinners. The group's foundation was the bass singing of Pervis Jackson, to which was added Henry Fambrough's baritone and the tenor voices of Bobbie Smith and Billy Henderson. These four were the group's mainstays, but additional fifth members who came and went included Philippe Wynne, whose distinctive falsetto and high tenor graced several hits between 1972 and 1977.
Friday 15 August 2008
Monday 11 August 2008
Saturday 12 July 2008
Sunday 27 April 2008
OK, I get it, even though it sounds like bad Motown it's actually a clever-clever, 21st-century take on soul and funk music through the ages.
Wednesday 23 April 2008
With its chandeliers, frescoed ceilings, and black-and-white prints, stepping into Bush Hall is like going back in time. Back to the days of dance halls and jazz clubs; back when a smoky-voiced songstress could hypnotise an audience using just her voice and a five-piece band; back when singers could actually sing. In short, Bush Hall is the perfect venue in which to kick off Beth Rowley's first headline tour.
Sunday 06 April 2008
Drawing equally from Motown and the MC5, Detroit's Was (Not Was) were big in the Eighties, before Don Was's role as a superstar producer put the band on the backburner.
Sunday 09 March 2008
Attempting to depict the social ravages and alienation of black America by sounding ravaged and alienated oneself is a risky method, and the confessional sketches and doodles that make up over half of this album confirm Erykah Badu as the Syd Barrett of what used to be called Nu Classic Soul. And yet on the few occasions ("Me", "Telephone", a final "secret" track) when there's a real tune for the production touches of Madlib etc to play with, she still sounds way ahead of the game. But the threatened trilogy is the real worry: why not just one half-decent album?
Sunday 09 March 2008
The success of 'Juno' has seen the world finally catch up with the lo-fi anti-folk Adam Green pioneered with his band the Moldy Peaches. Typically, just when you'd expect an album full of twee duets, Green goes the other way and presents an album that forgoes much of the usual whimsy in favour of fully rounded pop. There is proper production. There are backing singers. Hell, there is even a rather lovely soul feel. The Jonathan Richman comparisons are still accurate, though, and Green even namechecks his inspiration in "Morning After Midnight". File under 'Adam Goes Motown'.
Saturday 01 March 2008
Sunday 17 February 2008
Thursday 17 January 2008
Sunday 08 October 2006
After the humiliation of their EDF Energy Cup hammering by the Ospreys last weekend, Gloucester more than made up for it with this demolition of the Premiership leaders.
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