Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Singles Of The 90s
In their longships they came to destroy Western civilisation...
Ace Of Base were sold to us as 'Abba 2000' but were in fact a well dodgy Scandinavian white reggae band, one of whose members was a former neo-Nazi. And they were brilliant! Killer single after killer single and then one day - POOF - they were gone and never heard or seen ever again. Spooky.
Their formula was simple, brutal and devastatingly effective. A Dave Clark Five-style 4/4 cod reggae beat with a Euro-disco synth going "noodle noodle". Genius! And on top of that we got a woman with an utterly emotionless but strangely seductive voice delivering lines that were, well, just wrong.
"All that she wants is another baby", she sang on the all-time pop classic 'All That She Wants' - a song that has absolutely nothing to do with pregnancy. "It's a day for catching tan", she sang and who could possibly forget, "She's the hunter, you're the fox"? Awesome.
We also get 'Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry', 'Don't Turn Around', 'Love In December', 'Hallo Hallo' and the fucking amazing 'The Sign'. Go on, show some taste. Sell all those shit indie albums and use the money to buy this instead.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin