He has; always; swaggered cheerfully across; the genres. and the range here —- encompassing a lost album rthe cheerfully titled Sure/rte Handbook. a dreamy session rn Stockholm. and a good dose of attitude from the Adams-band's; rock- beas;t alter egos. the Prnkhearts ~ rs richly varied. It's far from a shapeless miscellany. though: the singer's; voice stamps; a coherent r.)ersona|rty on songs; whose musicianship and production defy their status; as unretouched demos. and cleyer programming makes this; a collectron which sounds as; rt rt was assenrbled by design.
Not since Bruce Springsteen grout/led hrs vary to superstar'dom 20 years; ago has; anyone ploughing a furrox'r in
roots; rock looked more certainly hound for glory rNrnran Dunnettr
AURA CANTRELL When the Roses Bloom Again rSprt & Polish) 00..
Anyone corrrrng to Laura ()antrell's second album on the strength of the hype surrounding her first John Peel pronounced rt was
'p( ssrbly the best record of hrs; life» may suffer an rnrtral disar)porntment. but this; rs a record xyhos 3 yrrtues; arc- ot the old-fashioned kind.
A New York country DJ. Cantrell has an ear for a good song. a voice ‘.'/hose srmplrcrt‘, rs; disarming and a fondness; for the krnd of disciplined. crafty musicianship '.'.rhrch goes a long way to redeernrng the tarnished
name of pop country. Three or four listens. and the effect rs errtrrely beguiling.
THE LIBERTINES Up The Bracket rRough Trader .00.
It makes; a change to see a guitar hand yrrth smiles on their fucking faces. i'hrs; rs that rarest of things; rn the Age of l-tadrohead: an Intelligent. yrbrant and. yes. funny British rock record. In the classic [English songsmrth tradition of the Kinks. the Buncocks. the Jam. Supergrass and. yup. Chas 'n' Dave. Up the Bracket rs; a rrght old
knees; up of puke~ splattered p;rnk and bitter soaked 'the beer. not the attrtude: clatter. OK at trmes rt gets;
slightly slapdash. like in the half—arsed waggle of “Radio Arrrerrca' but
m< s;t|y this; rs a saucy frolrc of a r‘ock'n'roll record to cherish.
GRAHAM COXON The Kiss of Morning tTrans;coprcr I...
In the light of recent events. er.r'er1.’tlrrrrg Graham Coxon utters; on tlrrs hrs; second solo platter sounds; like it's; berrroarrrrrg hrs; untidy electron from Blur but in reality. rt harks; back to another break up - that last year of hrrrr and hrs; long-time partner.
the sentiment of ‘l-scape Song'. 'i‘Jo Vii/hat you're told' and 'Locked [)oors rs; one of 'l'rn disappointed it's oyer but hey. '.'.’il!l(3 the sound rs; io ii and off the cuff ~ a rrreetrng of the
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Beastre Boys. Gram Parson and Sebadoh but more beguiling than hrs; preyrous;_ rather obtuse solo excursions. l le's; a survivor good luck to hrm.
HOOK FOO FIGHTERS One by One rHoswelll O...
The lurrnorl in the Foo canrp rs; un<lerstandable - splits. Dave Grohl moonlighting for Queens: of the Stone age. Taylor Hawkins alleged 'chernrcal excesses -— it's enough make you expect a schr/ophrenrc fourth album.
Which rs exactly arr/hat you get. Grohl has errrbraced the radio friendly chorus; like never before. rnakrng this; an album part-filled With instant head nodders. Of these. 'Oyer‘drrye' rs; tu/xy dr'ryel but the lovely ‘Haye rt All" happily reanages to out- V‘vJee/er \rVee/er.
It's when things get dark that the sparks; truly start to fly, though. 'Low‘ and single ‘All my ere' are both incendiary
and wrth eprc closer ‘Come Back'. they prove there rs; real depth and weight to Foo Fighters' 2002 rnanrfesto. /\ mixed blessing.
(ION l LMPORAHY JAMES MACMILLAN The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie
This early masterpiece rfrom 199m rnsprred by the barbaric death of a '~.'.rorrran accused of \.'.rrtchcraft in 1662 rernarns one of Maclvtrllan's nrost pox-rerful works. and the one which established hrs; name in London after a triumphant Proms performance.
It has; been on disc before. but this; new recording by Osmo Vanska and the BBC
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