A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
A Past Gone Mad: The Best of The Fall 1990-2000
...this is a fine collection; brave, broad and admirably biased...
Anyway. The onset of the '90s saw Mark E Smith-uh and his ever-changing chums embrace new technology with gusto - a gambit that would provide a fresh framework for Smith's misanthropic, beanbag-faced rants. While tracks such as last year's brilliantly disorderly 'Touch Sensitive' could've been plucked from the riotous preserve of their late-'70s heyday, 'A Past...' shows the ramshackle approach of yore superseded by a battalion of samples and grinding, zeitgeist-courting techno beats. It's an approach that has yielded some of The Fall's finest songs - with the synth-heavy, anti-EU wrath of 1991's 'Free Range' and the deceptively sweet 'Rose' proving Smith's invective wears many, equally effective, disguises. With 'The Chisellers' being the only glaring omission, this is a fine collection; brave, broad and admirably biased.
The second album from Piper and Skylar Kaplan is danceable, euphoric and pleasingly trippy
Mumford & Sons’ collaborative steps into world music aren’t embarrassing – but they’re not essential either
The iconic DJ Shadow returns with a mixtape-like album that frustrates as much as it fascinates
A Western that revolves around a trio of gun-wielding female leads, and has a clear and consistent feminist message