Philly punks Nothing are back from the brink with a new record that draws on some really, really bad times.
Elastica : The Radio 1 Sessions
Radio sessions from recently-disbanded spiky poshos...
The cautionary tale of Elastica is laid out here in seven chapters, each one corresponding to a Radio 1 Session. At the start, the likes of 'Annie' and 'Line Up' (at least the equals of official versions) have a spindly verve that few British bands of the time could match. Part Six, however (from mid '96), is where young Casablancas should start paying attention. It's the point where Frischmann, having grasped the limitations of her simple and excellent original idea, runs up against a brick wall trying to improve on it, and the decent songs come from soon-to-be-departed Donna Matthews.
By 1999, and the last session for John Peel, they're a shambles: rarely can a band have spent so long 'working' on tunes and come up with nothing better than 'Your Arse My Place'. If only they'd stuck to ripping off Wire.
The Strokes dabble with sounds from throughout their career on a satisfying return
Once the thrill of the cast and visuals wears off, this follow-up to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland is a drag
George Clooney and Julia Roberts bounce off each other like pros in this amusing take on fat cat greed
The hooks are plentiful and the energy’s palpable, but the Bottlemen still don’t have a ‘Wonderwall’