Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…
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Sunday 03 October 2010
More cultural curio than lost classic, this is the 40th- anniversary edition of an album that, though often mentioned in the same breath as Forever Changes, was not available to buy until 2005.
Friday 24 September 2010
This life-enhancing harvest of 34 poems reveals Duffy as a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair. From early collections such as Mean Time to a preview of the forthcoming The Bees, the Poet Laureate runs passion's gamut from wild infatuation through absence and infidelity, break-ups, grief and solitude. .
Sunday 05 September 2010
Busy, heartfelt, garrulous English pop-rock like an overheard rant in a provincial pub: compelling, because it appears to reveal so much; frustrating, because the sheer volume of words drowns the valley.
Friday 03 September 2010
Sunday 29 August 2010
Drummers' solo albums. Hmmm.
Thursday 12 August 2010
The grandmother at the centre of Gordon Brown's "bigotgate" election disaster made another foray into politics - in support of his party.
Friday 25 June 2010
The aim with the duets retrospective Just Across The River is to emphasise Webb's contribution to the Americana traditions of folk and country, which means the voluptuous cabaret pleasures of "McArthur Park" and "Up, Up And Away" are sacrificed in favour of the rustic mythopoeicising of "The Highwayman" and "Oklahoma Nights", the latter tinted with pedal steel and speckled with banjo; along with a nod to the Sixties' singer-songwriter tradition in the form of Webb and Jackson Browne's duetting on "P.F. Sloan", a tribute to the man who wrote "Eve Of Destruction".
Friday 11 June 2010
The British equivalent of Harry Nilsson, Ed Harcourt has always been open to channelling his private circumstances into his work, so it's not unexpected that fatherhood should have lightened the mood of his fifth album, Lustre.
Sunday 23 May 2010
A slot on Later... before your album is released is always a sign of hope and hype, as likely to attract the hordes as it is to put off the coolhunters.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
Elvis Costello has become one of the biggest names in music to join a cultural boycott of Israel by cancelling two planned concerts there at the end of next month.
Sunday 02 May 2010
In the X Factor finals of 2008, Diana Vickers – the winsome barefoot lass from Lancashire with the strangely strangulated larynx – was the one contestant worth rooting for.
Thursday 29 April 2010
Thursday 29 April 2010
There is probably not a politician in history who has never been tempted to say what Gordon Brown said yesterday about a member of the voting public.
Sunday 18 April 2010
Bob's boy heads out into the American wilderness with a posse of notorious henchmen – Marc Ribot and Greg Leisz among them.
Sunday 04 April 2010
The pleasure of Rufus lies in the balance he strikes between complex texture and warm gush.
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