On its release in June 2000, music critics took a surprisingly progressive view of manufactured American pop duo Daphne & Celeste’s debut album, ‘We Didn’t Say That!’. “Though some of you may find the fact unpalatable, excellent pop stars don’t always have to make excellent music,” wrote NME, who gave it 5/10.
Last Friday, Blur made their live comeback at London venue Mode, a teeny 300-capacity sweatbox located (where else?) near the Westway. Here, to the delight of the gaggle of competition winners inside, they played new album ‘The Magic Whip’ from start to finish: the first airing of their first album in 12 years. Not all hope was lost if you weren’t among the chosen few, however. Last night (March 25) the band streamed the gig in full on YouTube, giving fans a glimpse at the record a month ahead of its April 27 release date.
It is fair to say that Julian Casablancas + The Voidz’ first record together wasn’t showered in praise when it was released in 2014. “Like a toddler orchestra let loose in a rehearsal lock-up,” wrote one detractor. “An acid bath of guitar squeals and off-beat drum machines,” said another.
We’ve probably all put our name to an e-petition at some point, whether it’s asking for Jeremy Clarkson’s P45 or demanding no tax is spent on a museum for Margaret Thatcher. Most never achieve their stated aim, nor are they ever really intended to: they’re simply a way of thumbing your nose and bearing your arse at something you don’t like.