English music review
Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny.music Updated: Oct 11, 2010 14:52 IST
Science and Faith
These three young lads from Dublin set the charts on fire with their eponymous debut album in 2008 and look all set to repeat their success with their sophomore follow up. There is a kind of sweeping melancholy that comes from Irish bands, it must be the sea and the knowledge that there’s always a lot of Guinness in the music. But jokes apart, this follow up stands up strongly with the attitudes of the first, seamlessly mixing emotional resonance with just that light touch of groove thrown in. Lead single For the First Time is a light radio friendly tune. ‘Nothing’ keeps the feeling going. Dead Man Walking brings a bit of a hip-hop vibe to the table.
Put your Faith in this science
Its interesting how the British people love their poppettes. I couldn’t help thinking how close to Lily Allen she sounds. But that’s what pop music is, filling in the gaps between and within genres. So we have Eliza Sophie Caird, all of 22 and with a singer-songwriter attitude that has captured the hearts of all of Britain. And as she moves onwards to world domination (or not) we spin this, her debut album. Sweet and playful, Eliza brings in much freshness and musicality to standard catchy choruses and ska-reggae rhythms. Spin this for a nice dose of London sweetness.
Sunshine and happiness
One of country music’s biggest artists has also been its most prolific. This is his fourteenth album and like most country albums the sound doesn’t really move from the traditional country sound. But what makes all the difference is, as I always say, are the songs. Many a great country song has changed the course of popular music as we know it. And while there is no danger of that happening here, one can at least put up ones feet, take a swig of that cider and listen to some good tunes that Mr Chesney so effortlessly puts forth. This is his sixth number one album which makes him the second number one country singer of all time. I leave you to find out who is the first as I go take a swig of this.
I have many reasons to like this album. It is maddeningly old-school for one. Secondly the sound reminds me of so many diverse artists of yesteryear (Kraftwerk to Talking Heads) and thirdly, yet not lastly, but hilariously, these two stellar musicians are Arab and Jewish respectively, which makes it the most successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the beginning of civilization. Patrick Gemayel or P-Thugg and David Macklovitch or Dave 1 from Canada are bringing their love of all things electronic to a world audience. This is their third album and if this is anything to go by then get ready for the explosion, yo!
Unusual occupation this