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McCartney II
McCartney II
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Macca, damn, you're nutty and brittle, 9 Sept. 2002
This review is from: McCartney II (Audio CD)
Another curate's egg from the back catalogue of a highly underrated (Beatles work obviously excepted) and insane pop genius. 'Coming Up' is a brilliantly executed stoopid pop moment, a masterpiece of homemade disco. 'Temporary Secretary', one of Macca's loopiest tunes, must be heard to be believed. 'Waterfalls' is a lovely yet also deranged ballad. There's some bluesier stuff hanging around which is okay but less interesting. The synth-dominated instrumentals on what used to be Side 2 suggest that the permanently surprised one had been cocking an ear to Bowie's Berlin trilogy, but of course McCartridge being pop's premier optimist they come out all bouncy and happy, like. 'Darkroom' is wicked too. Altogether a funny, inventive pop record from an artist unafraid to be very, very silly.

Elementalz [VINYL]
Elementalz [VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UK Hip Hop's Unsung Sons, 5 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Elementalz [VINYL] (Vinyl)
A belated review for this amazing album. Released in 1996 'Elementalz' still sounds vital due to some of the best UK flows I have ever heard and producer Underdog's unorthodox sample sources (King Crimson! Soft Machine! Wicked!). The Brotherhood were shaping up as the UK's answer to early Wu Tang with grimy textures and dark atmospherics aplenty - so what happened? Back in '96 UK hip hop wasn't as well acknowledged as it is now, so maybe support from both label and public was scarce. Underdog aka Trevor Jackson went on to found the Output label, home to Fridge and Four Tet, and instigate last year's Playgroup album, but where are the MCs? I'll have to do some digging and find out. In the meantime check this out - it's an unfortunate fact but this album shames much of the high-profile Brit hop out there at the moment.

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