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Golf rocks. So with the Open in town this weekend, let '3 see who the big hitters are amongst this fortnight's singles. First up. the local sclaffers. Aberdonian nippers Nero start things off nicely with ‘A Good Smack In The Mouth EP’ (Lithium 000 ), a blistering drive 250 pop-yards straight down the punk fain/vay. Meanwhile Barrichello's ‘Down Soft’ (SL 000 ) is a gentler three iron off the tee of twee pop. but equally as direct and entertaining, while Draw's ‘Silver Screen’ (Empire 0. ) is professional in its attitude on the course but sadly lacking in inspiration around the indie-rock greens.

Babacool seem a little confused about club selection on their ‘A Fistful of Baba EP' (demo .0 ). as they dither between smacking a Death in Vegas drive or murdering a Massive Attack mashie into orbit. More high-tech are Swimmer One, whose ‘We just make Music for Ourselves' (Biphonic COO ) is a middle- range cleek shot of electro-pop etiquette and gentle dance gamesmanship.

Right, let‘s look at the touring pros. ‘Ghosts' (Credence .0 ) by Dirty Vegas is monotonous. driving-range. dance-lite dullness which has no bite or backspin, while ‘Colourblind' (Mercury 00 ) sees Darius thrashing around in the deep pop rough desperately searching for credibility. a decent tune and his ball.

Archive's ‘Men Like You' (Hangman COO ) plays a scuzzy game. punching lo-fi. daisy- cutting shots into a Stooges headwind before pitching up nicely up front of a drone-rock bunker. ‘Audio Bullys EP' (Source 0... ) by Audio Bullys. however, is a successful niblick out of a nasty UK garage lie on to the lip of an unlikely ska-inflected green.

Old-timers Def Leppard pull on the plus fours one more time with ‘Now' (Mercury 0 ). although it's such a wayward tee shot hooked badly into the woods of duff metal despair that they really shouldn't have bothered. Hang up your putters. lads. Similar advice goes to Jamiroquai and Toploader, whose ‘Corner Of The Earth' (Sony ) and ‘Time Of My Life’ (Sony ) respectively are two terrible. shanked drives straight into the heavily-manured field of piss- poor pop platitudes.

Which all leaves the fairway clear for Doves’ ‘Pounding' (Heavenly COCO ) to win the Tiger Woods of the Week tin cup. A sweetly-struck gem of a drive. it positively fizzes off the indie club-face. soars effortlessly into the heavens of uplifting rock before landing with a gentle thud six inches from a guitar-pop hole in one. ‘Fantasy golf' as Peter Alliss might say.

(Doug ‘Payne Stewart' Johnstone)

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Blue Country Heart (Columbia) 0000

Former Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna

. guitarist Jorma

Kaukonen returns to his earliest musical love. the classic blues. country and bluegrass tunes which make up this fine album.

He began by sifting through a stack of songs from what he rightly sees as the roots of American music. finally paring it down to the 13 tracks included here. He is not the greatest singer around. but his guitar playing is still top notch. and he has surrounded himself with an A-list band of Nashville cats. featuring Sam Bush. Jerry Douglas. Byron House and Bela Fleck. The outcome is some mighty satisfying picking. (Kenny Mathieson)



By the Way (Warner) 0000.

You may know them for their inimitany frenzied funk rock but this hugely anticipated new release shows there's much more to Keidis and co than jocks and socks. An altogether more mellow record. By the Way may not be as

instantly accessible as

past efforts. but closer inspection into the sun- kissed choruses proves rewarding.

'Universally Speaking' is an exquisite ballad sent sky-high by a string backed sublime chorus. ‘Throw Away your Television‘ showcases a typically sleek Flea bassline. and ‘Cabron' is magnificently flanked by flamenco guitars. RHCP

have evolved into a

spellbinding songwriting force and with this eighth release have made the most graceful

. and enduring record we - never knew they were

capable of. (Camilla Pia)


Mysterious Traveller (A-Wave) 000

Two of the older statesmen of electronica

join forces for this i compilation of previous collaborations and

remixes of blissed out digital meanderings. OK. to say Derrick May has been in this game as

: long as System head

honcho Steve Hillage is a bit of an insult; remember this cat used to be in Gong (who practically invented the lysergic soundtrack). Chilled but dated as

' hell. and that May is

involved seems to make no difference to the furrow Hillage has been ploughing for many a moon. New age. hippy

dippy ambient.

inoffensive but hey man

we've heard this dope

many times before. (Henry Northmore)


Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner)


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Firstly: this is not as

good as 1999's The Soft Bulletin. But for that. it

would have to be one of

the records of the

decade. Secondly: it’s

still a sometimes

awesome album. and

the kind of record other so-called alternative

bands can only have wet . dreams about.

An expansive. delicate.

. modern psychedelic pop trip, Yoshimi... sees

Wayne Coyne and

bandmates reaching i further out into a strange musical galaxy of

squelches and rumbles

while still maintaining

their unique pop sense

and wonderful ability to

mix intelligent underlying ideas with a purely

: entertaining surface. On . this evidence. The

Flaming Lips are still a band to treasure. (Doug Johnstone)


Live at the Jamboree (Fresh Sounds New

g Talent) 0..

Pianist Ethan Iverson will . be heard in more fiery

contexts at the jazz

; festival, but is captured

: here in relaxed mood

with three other

7 temporarily restrained firebrands from the New

York jazz scene.

saxophonist Chris

Cheek. bassist Ben

: Street and drummer Jorge Rossy.

They explore another facet of their musical talents in this ballad session drawn from the standard repertoire. recorded live at the Jamboree Club in

L Barcelona. They resist

the temptation to apply the deconstructive principles they use

elsewhere on standards.

and the readings of

familiar tunes like

‘Stardust'. ‘Lover' and

j ‘These Foolish Things'

are simultaneously respectful and engagingly fresh. (Kenny Mathieson)


The Coral (Deltasonic) 0...

Forget the Current deluge of dispensable garage thrash. true rock'n'roll is the

. accidental meeting of j chaos and cacophony j and it sounds just like the Coral. This

. extraordinary collection

of eerie. othenivorldly

pop is blessed with Soul. 3 heavily doused in ; romance and all the

energetic innovation you'll ever need. “Simon

Diamond' is pure Pet

Sounds meets Super

Furries and soothes

before “Skeleton Key‘ frantically zigzags through shouty ska.

wobbly guitars and

xylophones. The Coral's music is awash with

influences: lovelorn choruses burst out of nowhere and ease the storm of mad-hatter mish-mash that surround them. It's the exquisite sound of galaxies away. (Camilla Pia)

INDIE BEN KWELLER Sha Sha (679) 0000

Last seen on these shores supporting Evan Dando. Ben Kweller (once a member of teen punk One-hit wonders Radish. fact fans) showed in a shon live set that he's a monster- sized precocious musical talent. and this debut solo album confirms that talent big time.

FOr a twenty-year-old. this is remarkably a88ured music. yet it still bOunces and kicks along with daft. b0yish energy and pure wide- eyed wonder. Eclecticism is the key w0rd here. with everything from old- skool indie to country. power pop. ballads and feisty alternative punk on Show throughout a warm. intelligent and immensely likeable record. (Doug Johnstone)


Torino (Scopitones)

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David Gedge has a way with the ladies. Whether it stems from his confessional wordcraft or ability to capture an event perfectly and turn it into sweeping cinematic pop. it always makes for compelling listening. However, Torino. finds Gedge in dark times. exploring obsessive love and deceit to sweeping strings and raging guitars. Tension builds