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The long-awaited Mike Patton "as commercial as Faith No More" project. Lots of guest vocalists, knob twiddlers. Has been described as "dark trip hop" but not by me. It's very FNM, only with less guitars. It's bloody brilliant.
THOM YORKE - ERASER
Very hard work this one. Kind of like Kid A only more miserable and even more squelchy. Can't help thinking he should chill out a bit, and that I'd be better off listening to some of the people he's copying rather than this pale imitation. That way I would avoid his whining too.
Digression - I went to see the Head at Victoria Park years ago just after Kid A and they played there because they could put the shows on themselves and do it in as non-corporate way as possible (man). I always remember arriving to see hundreds of enormous Budweiser and Virgin lorries everywhere. And now they're playing V. Sure they have to play somewhere, but stop moaning about it already.
MUSE - BLACKHOLES AND REVELATIONS
Quite simply utterly (a) ridiculous and (b) superb. How a band can so shamelessly evoke one of my most hated bands (Queen) and yet I still love them, I don't know. Supermassive Blackhole (which doesn't sound like Queen) is single of the year hands down.
TV ON THE RADIO - RETURN TO COOKIE MOUNTAIN
On my first listen as we speak. Bowie loves them and that's not the only immediate similarity with Arcade Fire. Experimental without being rubbish... I hear saxophones... interesting song structures... could be more than vocalist... erm sounding good so far.
GET CAPE WEAR CAPE FLY
Best name ever. Sounds okay too.
SUMMER SINGLES REVIEWS
Lilly Allen - Smile
The sound of London in the summer (copyright everyone). It really is great though.
Simian (remix thing) - We Are Your Friends
The sound of everywhere else in the summer (copyright me). It's great too.
Christine Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
I haven't heard it but someone told me it is "pop genius". Is it better than Lilly though? She's the sound of... oh I've done that one.
HMV SALE PURCHASE REVIEWS
The La's (£2.99)
Meant to be a bit of a classic innit? Sounds like a load of dated old sea shanties to me though. There She Goes must be the most unrepresentative single pulled from an album EVER.
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power (£3.99)
Greatest album cover of all time even though he hated it initially. Not as good as The Stooges or Fun House though.