Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Maturity rarely belongs in pop music. Dr Robert was the singer in minor modernist chart sensations The Blow Monkeys, one of the reasons the '80s are remembered with such disdain. And guess what? He's
Despite a recent collaboration with Beth Orton, Dr Robert resolutely fails to inject any semblance of soul into this. Instead, it's an interminable trawl through workaday funk, gospel and blues so passionlessly executed it makes Paul Weller sound like Robert Johnson. The opening 'Easy Road' sets the trend: a lethargic reggae/blues gloop that hints at UB40, while he plummets to the album's nadir with the overwrought ballad, 'I Guess This Is Goodbye'.
Young pups, listen and learn. Grow old with dignity, because nobody should be reduced to sounding this desperate. Twelve years on from his biggest hit, Dr Robert no longer blows. Now, he just sucks.
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