Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
His Name Is Alive : Someday My Blues Will Cover The Ear
Veteran 4AD band take the Ramp;B road
This time, his wandering eye has fashionably fixed on Ramp;B - unsurprising when you consider his quest for perfect modernist pop. Yet while 'Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth' highlights his abundant production skills, the sun-ripened voice of singer Lovetta Sharie Pippen sounds vacuum-packed and the slithering beats artificially preserved. 'Nothing Special' is TLC without the tenderness; the Radio 2-friendly 'Karin's Blues' is as straight as the title while the lyrics of 'One Year' indicate an emotional depth - "If you had a year to live would you know who you'd like to spend it with?/Would you like to be alone?" - lacking from the music.
When Jason Pierce and Bobby Gillespie attempt to make their futuristic soul, they sound entirely lost in music. Defever's technological abilities give him a silver thread out of the labyrinth, leading him clear of emotion, fear, commitment. He sounds like a man who would like to be alone. It's an easy wish to grant.
The Cavan teenagers attack album two with abandon, largely at the expense of quality
A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album
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Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album