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Hot and fresh – This week’s new releases

Diversity. It’s more than a group of dancers who foiled Susan Boyle’s plans to win Britain’s Got Talent. It’s about you and me, living as one. It’s about ebony and ivory, stick together in perfect harmony. Side by side on piano, keyboard, oh Lord, why can’t we?

Well, today’s new releases should inspire us, because they are as diverse as a group of very random things gathered together for no reason at a mixed bag convention.

The Klaxons are back three years after their Mercury-winning debut Myths of the Near Future. To be honest, it hasn’t aged well, sounding as ropey now as the Prodigy records it so faithfully paid homage to/stole from. Still, three years is a looooong time to be following up a debut, a half-Stone Roses if you will. The pressure is on.

The always-reliable Eels return with Tomorrow Morning, which extends their run of quality releases. Is E the perfect American songwriter? One Night Only threatened success in 2008 with their Coldplay-lite – yes, really – but it didn’t quite happen. Will Radio 2’s audience accept them this time?

!!! are irritating. The name (pronounced ‘chik chik chik’) are good musically, but clearly wallopers for picking that name. The album isn’t bad at all though, more experimental, skewed pop. Hotly tipped electro-popsters Zola Jesus show promise but fail to sustain itover a full album, but the XX debut was basically one long song and it might win the Mercury, so who’s to say ZJ won’t do the same?

William Orbit is back with more of that dancey-poppy-keyboardy shite he does. Alas, our time machine isn’t working so we couldn’t head back to 1999 and pretend this was somehow worth caring about.

Lastly, John Mellencamp has an album out. It’s awful, obviously, but the world seems a better place for having the cougar in it, somehow. Oh yeah, life goes ow-an….

Albums out today:

Klaxons – ‘Surfing The Void’

Eels – ‘Tomorrow Morning’

One Night Only – ‘One Night Only’

William Orbit – ‘Pieces In A Modern Style 2’

!!! – ‘Strange Weather Isn’t It’

Tame Impala – ‘Innerspeaker’

Various Artists – ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs The World OST’

Zola Jesus – ‘Stridulum II’

The Count & Sinden – ‘Mega Mega Mega’

The Union – ‘The Union’

John Mellencamp – ‘No Better Than This’


4 Responses

  1. I still like Klaxons’ debut, it was a hell of a lot better than some of the crap that was released with the nu-rave tag, but their new album isn’t all that. It’s reviewed here: http://tinnedgoods.com/

  2. Thanks Dave. A follow-up album taking three years is rare. They toured the arse off the first one, of course, but a long gestation period rarely bodes well.

  3. “wallopers” -that made me laugh out loud.
    I’ve never knowingly heard them, nor want to, but I bet they’re pish. (!!!, that is)

  4. It’s just too much, isn’t it? When you choose a name like that you should get a tattoo saying ‘I am a tosser’.

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