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Everyday Robots ~ Damon Albarn
Everyday Robots ~ Damon Albarn
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I never liked Blur or Gorillaz, in fact I didn't think I liked Damon Albarn. Then I saw the Dr Dee performance at the Manchester International Festival and decided that I liked him quite a lot! The soundtrack to that production really appealed to me, and so I decided to give this a go as well. I'm glad I did.
There is no doubt that Albarn has a real talent for writing low-key, melancholic anthems - and this record is full of them. I love the way he allows the melodies and hooks to build gently and seep into your conscience. It's very clever, very mature, and, when done right, very moving.
There isn't a weak song on this record, and the sound-bed is beautiful; lots of clever… Read more
Soô - Habib Koite ~ Habib Koite
Soô - Habib Koite ~ Habib Koite
This was one of those random purchases made after hearing a track on a sampler/compilation CD with a magazine - it must have been Songlines or fRoots. Anyway, I was suitably impressed and decided to take the plunge. No regrets! This is a fantastic record.
World music is often infused with optimism, and this is no different, but the sonorous tenor vocals of Habib and his thoughtful and often introspective songwriting style are far more subtle than I have come to associate with the music of Africa. Of particular note are the glorious female vocal harmonies that are infused with real depth and beauty.
Habib has clearly listened to a lot of Western roots music (he even plays banjo on… Read more
From Scotland With Love ~ King Creosote
From Scotland With Love ~ King Creosote
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Characterful/Masterful, 25 July 2014
This is rapidly turning into a superb year for modern (dare I use those hackneyed terms 'left-field' or 'quirky') folk. First there was the new Harp and a Monkey album (even better than their debut!), then came the Pictish Trail compilation (sublime), and now this! Fantastic.
Like other reviewers on here, I too came to King Creosote rather late, having seen him a few years back at the Cloudspotting Festival in Lancashire. He was one of those musicians whose personality shone through his music, and he wasn't scared of playing with the boundaries - mixing things up with experimentalists The Earlies at one show.
This is quite a gentle record compared to others in his canon, but it… Read more

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