Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)
Always one of the more interesting and innovative of the post-punk/pop crossover bands...
Frontman and lovelorn loudmouth Andy Partridge is still a wee bit overheated and quirky - 'I'm The Man Who Murdered Love' is typical of the sort of blustery and fussy powerpop that's out of kilter with present-day trends, while 'You And The Clouds Will Still Be Beautiful''s frantic reggae tinges bring to mind... (uughh) Sting.
All that said, this is a surprisingly decent album, as good as anything they've ever made. Bassist sidekick Colin Moulding's songs add a touchingly prosaic counterpoint to Partridge's offerings. 'In Another Life', with its gently asthmatic guitar accompaniment, is a nicely turned paean to married life, while 'Boarded Up' is an excellent, glumly evocative lament for present-day gig venues on their uppers. Partridge scores with the anguished 'Wounded Horse' but especially with 'Stupidly Happy', a superb summer slice of sonic Prozac built around a clipped, insanely repetitive guitar riff which is worth the price of the album alone.
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