John Sheppard "Sacred Choral Music" (Delphian)
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Friday 04 March 2011
R.E.M., by bookending the album with the ringing guitar drone of "Discoverer", are suggesting Collapse Into Now has a conceptual unity absent from their recent albums; and certainly, the recurrent themes of conclusion, starting over and rebuilding do lend it a muscular sense of purpose. That muscularity finds its musical equivalent in the rock heft of tracks like "Alligator_Aviator_ Autopilot_Antimatter" and "All the Best", although it's the more tender songs, such as "Überlin" and "Oh My Heart", which are the standouts, recalling Automatic for the People. The latter track, with its waltzing accordion, has a distinctly European flavour, while elsewhere the presence of mandolin/bouzouki folk-rockers like "It Happened Today" and "Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I" marks a welcome return to a more varied textural palette.
Friday 04 March 2011
The role of the fan boy in Hollywood is a serious one. At least among studio executives who believe the vast pool of internet-savvy, movie mad, boy scrutinisers who analyse everything and criticise any slip-ups are worth listening to. Some studios even act on the intelligence gathered from this very specific movie-going geekdom. So part of the reason Jon Chu has been handed the mission of directing Paramount's sequel to G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra, is down to the young man's street cred among fanboys. The first outing for G.I. Joe was a commercial hit, but a flop with critics and fanboys alike so the studio is aiming to put that right next time around. Chu is adept at playing to that particular gallery. He is responsible for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Paramount's hit documentary made for $13m that grossed over $53m in the US. The director also worked quickly to recut the Bieber movie for a director's "fan cut".
Sunday 27 February 2011
US network ABC said it will broadcast an interview with Charlie Sheen that was recorded after the incendiary rant that led CBS and Warner Bros Television to halt production of Two and a Half Men for the season.
Friday 25 February 2011
In the wake of an incendiary radio interview with Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, CBS and Warner Bros Television said they are ending production on TV's top-rated sitcom for the season.
Sunday 06 February 2011
Ben Affleck follows up Gone Baby Gone with his second film as director, and it's another blue-collar Boston crime drama.
Thursday 03 February 2011
Charlie Sheen has thanked his fans for their support after he began his home rehab stint.
Wednesday 12 January 2011
Debutant Chris Woakes was the match-winner as England claimed a record eighth consecutive Twenty20 victory with a last-ball win over Australia in Adelaide.
Friday 07 January 2011
James Rhodes' populist charm is given free rein in the sleevenotes to this double CD of contrasting approaches to the piano, with plenty of winking references to chemical stimulation.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Directed by Spike Jonze and co-written by Dave Eggers, this live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic 10-sentence children's picture book should probably have been renamed Where the Neurotic Things Are: it's a melancholy indie mood piece in which Sendak's leonine rumpus-raisers are moth-eaten and needy yetis.
Monday 13 December 2010
The former boss of Warner Bros International Paul-René Albertini is backing an innovative new music company that will officially launch in the UK this week with its first talent showcase. Claiming its model is designed to "fill some of the gaps" left by traditional record labels, My Major Company (MMC) was set up at the end of October and this Wednesday will launch its first 10 artists in London.
Sunday 28 November 2010
For the first half-hour, SATC2 is quite enjoyable – self-congratulatory, but bubbling with escapism and spiced with some smart quipping between the self-labelled "girls".
Friday 26 November 2010
Sunday 21 November 2010
We should have known. It turns out that Vicky Cristina Barcelona was a blip, and Woody Allen has slipped back into his usual recent practice of rehashing old scenarios in a slipshod, one-take manner.
Sunday 14 November 2010
"Important" books can sometimes be a chore, so here is the author of a masterpiece with the pacing of a soap opera. The forgotten member of the Cecil Day-Lewis/WH Auden circle at Oxford in the 1920s, this dandyish vicar's son and disillusioned Marxist led a life packed with colour, incident and, by his own admission, lechery.
Tuesday 09 November 2010
Warner Brothers announced yesterday that it had bought the British studios where the Harry Potter franchise was filmed, raising hopes of a resurgence in home-grown cinema.
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