On her third album, the former Nickelodeon star sheds the cute popstar image, adopting a message of empowerment that rings true
Floating In Shallow Water
They're boring and they're from Canada, but they're not [a]Boards Of Canada[/a]....
, and giving their wibbly broadcasts names like 'A Forest Primeval (Patience Part 1)'- an attempt to confront the reality of the ever-advancing industrial machine by scattering Enigma-esque warblings over soporific drum loops. For eight minutes.
The final track, 'Listener Defined Noise Floor', is so quiet you can only hear it if you turn the stereo up really loud, thus (one assumes) emphasising the limits of man's desire to control nature. Of course, being civilised, technophile creatures, you'll have executed an act of free will long before then and pressed the 'off' button.
Like Swampy, Legion Of Green Men lack style, guile and original ideas. Thank the Lord for concrete, smoke and combustion engines.
A smarter and more mature film than the first Bad Neighbours, albeit one that still loves a good dick joke
A satisfying return to Verve form that’s also a churning maelstrom of death, riots, revolution, terrorism and two-faced politicians
Oscar Scheller’s been compared to Blur and Elastica, and that sounds about right
Medium-sized guests and the vibey sounds of tropical house combine on an album that's not quite euphoric