2006 film & music roundup
And talking of music, for the last nine months or so I've been meaning to publish the following already-much-delayed "cultural review of 2006" (though co-editor Stu's Music Round Up got there first, and much more conclusively.)
Vital. Intelligent. Lyrically raw and horribly visceral. Best British album of 2006? Certainly best British rap album. And possibly internationally...
What Eminem might sound like if he came from East London, was a better musician, hadn't married Kim, and didn't feel the need to piss people off with juvenility as a weapon.
Real name Ben Drew, which sounds a bit like Ben Dover.
Top Two Films
Children of Men
Aww, I was going to review these when they came out at the cinema, a whole bleedin' year ago. I keyed in hundreds of characters-worth of text message notes to myself on my mobile after each one, in readiness for sharing my joy, my wonderment, my excitement. I would type up some reviews, however you'll have seen them both by now, of course. And if you haven't, you really really should. Trust me on this one. Don't trust me on anything else. Just this.
One CD which I really should have mentioned was "Joanna Newsom - Ys".
I'm sure I had a periphrastic review of this wonderful album just waiting in my drafts, but the following will have to do:
Mesmerising and life-affirming. Beautiful, and incredibly human. It's helped me through difficult times.