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James Blake ~ James Blake
James Blake ~ James Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the year., 1 Dec 2011
My album of 2011. Many old favourites have come up with the goods (Wilco, Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Polly Jean Harvey) and some new pretenders (Antlers, Wild Beasts), but this is the most challenging yet enthralling disc produced in this calendar year. Hats off to the young brat.
THE SAHARA: A Cultural History by Eamonn Gearon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As the title says this is a superbly informative book with little nuggets of information, great anecdotes, choice literary quotations and drolly humorous but sympathetic recollections on the fate of penurious amateur-ish explorers persuaded to risk all for their European business masters. The book is not without its faults, the author being less sure-footed in the modern chapters, often too ethnocentrically European, particularly in the art, literature and cinema chapters. Why nothing on Souleymane Cissé or Youssef Chahine for example in the cinema section, or mention of such recent masterful movies such as Bamako, Beau Travail, Silences of the Palace or Of Gods and Men (though the… Read more
Burst Apart ~ The Antlers
Burst Apart ~ The Antlers
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Their last album was my favourite of 2009 so my hopes were high, though slightly concerned that they may have peaked. Worry not, Burst Apart is worth the wait, unclear yet whether it matches its predecessor but improving with every listen. Some critics have talked about a renewed positivity, yet that's not easy to fathom with titles like Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out and Putting The Dog To Sleep. Another cheerless title, and opening track, I Don't Want Love is as catchy as they've done, Hounds also a possible single, Corsicana and the prior mentioned misery titles also excellent. Varied stuff, and a couple of tracks disappointing - French Exit too similar to Temper Trap, other tracks… Read more

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