If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.
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Friday 05 December 2008
Where are you?
I'm in London. I just finished a tour all over the world – and I'm recovering from last night.
Wednesday 08 October 2008
Friday 26 September 2008
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/mixtape-noel-ga.html" target="new">MixTape: Noel Gallagher attacked onstage</a>
Monday 08 September 2008
Poor old Noel Gallagher. I may have recently declared him the wittiest man in music but it seems an aptitude for the rounded riposte can provide no defence from a Canadian clothesline. By John Hall
Monday 11 August 2008
With their gold-lamé suits and leopard-skin posing pouches, Boney M helped bring a much-needed touch of the exotic to Britain in the gloomy, crisis-hit days of the late 1970s. And for the scantily clad, German-manufactured disco stars, 1978 was to be their high-water mark, a year in which they sold more than three million singles in the UK as well as notching up a platinum album.
Monday 28 April 2008
Despite Lucian Freud's reputation as Britain's most celebrated portrait painter, the reclusive artist prefers to keep himself to himself. Still, diners at The Wolseley restaurant were surprised to see Freud eating alone at the chic Piccadilly eatery last week.
Sunday 18 February 2007
It's like shooting fish in a barrel. Another week brings another fine from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for a provider of payment protection insurance. The culprit this time is Capital One, which has failed to treat its customers fairly.
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Tuesday 30 November 1999
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