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Quick hits and misses – Your guide to the week’s new releases

Ah, time. You just don’t got none. Iggy Pop is trying to sell you insurance based on the lack of it in your life. You are too busy to breathe. It’s all work, home, Facebook, cocaine-and-treacle-orgy-with-inexpensive-Eastern-European-hookers, bed, shower, repeat with you. We worry about you and, frankly, think it’s time you slowed down a little. You aren’t getting any younger, you know.

But short of extending our best wishes and offers of moral (if not fiscal) support, there isn’t much we can do to supply you with more time. Except this, our jolly quick review of this week’s big album releases. Now, bear in mind, some of these we have given a cursory listen, but realistically, that’s as much as you are going to do with them anyway. The man from Uncut might have weeks to listen through the difficult early stages, but he’s the exception rather than the rule. Hopefully we’ll help push you to the local record emporium with a focused mind:

Albums released this week:

Alkaline TrioThis Addiction:  Always somewhat underrated, this is another consistent effort from the Illinois outfit. Like Green Day if Green Day weren’t so annoying.

Johnny CashAmerican VI: Cash must be coming up fast on Tupac as the artist with most posthumous product. By this stage you’d think the barrel would be getting positively dismantled, but while there’s nothing much here that differs wildly from the rest of the American recordings, it’s another solid set of dark, acoustic Cash. Much ruminating on death. Not a cheery one.

The CourteenersFalcon: Lead-off single ‘You Overdid It It, Doll’ suggested that the Manchester four-piece had added tunes to the swagger, but the rest of the album fails to live up to that promise. Nothing particularly wrong with it, of course, but it’s simply another footnote in the annals of landfill indie history.

Enter ShikariTribalism: Mixing techno and metal is possibly not as mad as it sounds, but given the ‘acquired taste’ status widely-accorded Enter Shakiri, it isn’t a particularly popular one. This album is occasionally unlistenable and occasionally very good, which is probably a decent hit-rate in the world of musical fusion.

David Holmes The Dogs Are Parading: The Best Of: Best Of’s can be a double-edged sword; thousands of sales from people who don’t like your music but wish they did, crossed with the growing realization that pretty much everything you did sounds the same. Holmes can certainly look forward to both.

Marina And The DiamondsThe Family Jewels: The hype, the hype! Taker it away and what are you left with? An album that’s neither as good as some are suggesting or as bad as some hoped. Some of the more operatic moments are actually quite devastating, but the feeling remains that Marina is a better idea than artist at this point.

Paolo NutiniLive From New Orleans: Seems almost rude not to crack a died in the hurricane gag, but we’re way above that. A shite run-through of awful songs from novelty pub-singer whose mystifying popularity makes one weep for the world.

So avoid Paolo, but let us know what you think of the others.


3 Responses

  1. May I humbley suggest to ELM erudite ears that the new album by the Dave Rawlings Machine – ” a friend of a friend ” – is rather excellent in that countrified way the righteous and god-fearing among us hold so dearly.

    Truck on brother.

  2. Fear God and hate foriegn types; that’s the Daily Mail way 🙂

    Cheers Dusty, will check it out.

  3. The Jim Jones Revue……the future of rock. In a very retro The Birthday Party play Little Richard kinda way.
    Check ’em out on youtube.

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