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Vim Lust ll/uc's (Domino) After l’alace's last two records. lll'll Lust Blues represents the completion of some sort of journey In the blighted landscapes of the l’u/ut c' Bro/hers album. Will ()ldhani sang as one aged prematurely by trauma a death. a loss. Many songs resembled withered relations of children's nonsense. the shocked murmurings of a victim clinging to memories of Burl lves records. ()n the Hope l.l’. ()ldham was surrounded by other players. friends rallying round. fellow villagers helping to repair the llood damage lhey got through it together.
livu /.mt Ilium. then. represents the cultnination of that; these are songs of coming through on the other side. Memories still hurt. but now there are good ones too. ‘New Partner" is perfectly reconciled. aching gently as it looks back. but also aware ol the beauty and potential of the present. Guitars hint and glide quietly. a waltzing child of a song. "l‘he llrutc ('hoir'. coming in on a ‘Moondanec‘ swing. linds its protagonist casually bowled over by something which was
there all along. while. on the i escoriatiug ‘Work Hard Play Hard. 5 redemption and unbow ed conlidenee gleam in phrases as ridiculous as l ‘linding a puppy dog makes the day". l .-\t the close. ()ldham is again alone. journeying a world where people use phrases like ‘lo-li country-grunge'. His is a fascinating. arid little track. running ( parallel to the brooding. dramatic highways patrolled by Nick Cave. a waterless path to heaven. It'd be crushing to discover that it‘s all artifice. But. of course. this is inevitable. (Damien Love)
RHYTHM AND JAZZ . é DRJDHN '
Afterglow (Blue Thumb)
ﬂ Dr John (aka, as any tan will know, Mac Rebennack) has epitomised the musical stew - sorry, gumbo - which characterises the soundscape ot the city of New Orleans as much as anyone over the years. He made his reputation with a smoky, sultry take
j manner of tlavourings, from country
Berlin’s ‘Blue Skies’ through to his
' own stomping ‘llew York City Blues’, 4 one of hundreds of tunes he wrote
i with the late Doc Pomus.
album that is neither a straight Dr ; John boogie workout, nor a real jazz
1 so for the uncommitted. (Kenny
on classic rhythm and blues, but it has always come spiced up with all
through to jazz. His latest album toregrounds that latter inﬂuence as the good Doctor
pays his own inimitable homage to the ? Q big band jazz and blues sound of the l
late 40s and early 50s, from Irving
What they have come up with is an
set, but something in between. The singer is in great voice throughout, and revels in the uplitt provided by a top-notch jazz rhythm section (with Bay Brown on bass, no less) and some fiery, hard-hitting horn charts. Essential tor tans, and not much less
EDIE!— ’ GOLDIE ' 'Iime/ess (MetalheadI/ffrr)
Jungle: a reggae sample over a breakbeat. Goldie's own definition is simple and precise, yet woefully inadequate to describe this outrageously well-sculpted excursion into the territories of drutn ‘n' bass. 1 Take the title track. twenty minutes of breathtakingly beautiful music which floats off into realms of outer-space ambience before being brought back into orbit with a thud: a bassline so wickedly huge and heavy that it is palpable. wielded with contempt for the laws ofgravity about high. crisp splatters of snare drum.
With 'Ii'meless. jungle has come of age. Not because this is an album you want to listen to at home - the likes of ()mni Trio have already done that — but because it is so accessible. From the rave-induced highs of ‘Saint Angel' to
a ‘Jah,()f The Seventh Seal'. this is an album that cries out for repeated
the deep. melancholic drifting ‘Sea Of Tears'. complete with dolphin squeaks. or the pounding dtib minimalism of
Only the winsome soul of Lorna Harris on ‘State ()fMind‘ fails to engage. but that is probably down to personal preference. Believe the hype surrounding 'Iime/ess. lt isjungle at full stretch: an indispensible addition to any true music lover’s collection. (Thom Dibdin)
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