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A Week in Videos… Gary Oldman AND David Bowie in one video? It’s happened, with the Thin White Duke revealing his controversial new video for his comeback album’s title-track, The Next Day. There’s plenty of blasphemous imagery going about, with Marion Cotillard's character receiving the stigmata on her hands and Bowie himself looking like Jesus Christ, as various decrepit clergy men enjoy a sleazy bar with all the ill-reputed sorts that usually occupy such a place. See what you think.
Vampire Weekend’s new album’s pretty great and this single off it is pretty great too. This is just the lyric video so not too much happens visually however, it gives you a chance to hear one of the lead tracks from their album Modern Vampires In The City. With the anticipation surrounding that album's release, and the generally decent feedback given to the album so far, it is expected that the band will perform particularly well on the album charts.
Jenny Lewis sounds positively life affirming when she declares "It'll Get You There" on new Rilo Kiley compilation Rkives. The irony is of course that the band is dead and this record is an affectionate post mortem of their lesser-known efforts. But while the body of the band may be in the morgue with a tag on its toe, as Blake Sennett once joked. I'm pleased to report the soul of Rilo Kiley is alive and well on Rkives.
While it's a collection of material that's taken three years to emerge from the archives, there's a surprising thematic unity to many of the tracks. Far from being a mish-mash of b-sides and aborted ideas Rkives presents a band dealing with a mid life crisis that loosely hints at the subsequent break-up. It's more impressive that there's a cohesion to the record when you realise these 17 songs have been cherry picked from a career spanning 13 years.
The centrepiece to the record, 'A Town Called Luckey', crystallises the overarching sentiment. In the midst of its shimmering guitars, Lewis dissects the landmark thirtieth birthday of the protagonist. "You're halfway to 60. You have no land of your own. A job you despise and a lover that's mean." The bittersweet musings are echoed elsewhere with 'Bury Bury Bury Another' pining for simpler times, and 'Patiently' defiantly declaring "I'm not dead yet". Of course all of the kitchen sink dramas of break-ups ('Well You Left') and even a shade of domestic abuse ('All The Drugs') are to be found here. But they're presented in a reflective and knowing way that informs a mood of re-evaluating your place in the world.
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Albums of note… In 2013, the apparent year of the comeback, Depeche Mode made a mini-one of their own, with their first album in four years Delta Machine. Dave Gahan’s still at the vocal helm and the group still enjoy looking at the darker side of pop. Something they’re still doing with great success according to our writer Dom Gourlay, who surmised “'Delta Machine' is a worthy comeback that while not quite hitting the peaks conquered so magnificently by 'Black Celebration', 'Violator' and 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion' back in the day, still sits comfortably in the upper quartile of Depeche Mode's finest releases to date.”
Another gaining the love of Contactmusic this week is Josh Kumra who released his debut LP Good Things Come To Those Don’t Wait. Give he’s only about 20/21 himself, it seems like he’s taken the title of his album to heart, and this Sony release looks set to make him a star early on in his career. Our man Jim Pusey reckoned “At its heart, Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait is a solid singer songwriter effort. It elevates itself beyond that by successfully dabbling in a number of musical styles along the way, while ensuring that Josh doesn't ever sound out of his depth. Certainly one of his strengths is his voice, and he gives himself ample opportunity to showcase that here too.”