The fifth full-length album from folk-pop singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson is another solid offering that cements a musical blend already near perfected on 2008's A Piece Of What You Need.
Opening track 'Looking For A Girl' is a bright and chirpy upbeat pop song with a flavour of Counting Crows. Like many of Teddy Thompson's songs, the track has a simple harmonic structure; this track based around the straightforward 12-bar blues but all the same has a strong beat and catchy melodies. The son of brit-folkers Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson's music is Radio 2-friendly country tinged folk-pop that suggests a range of influences from said genres; with its' natural, effortless sounding vocals, much like other tracks, 'Delilah' sounds Thompson as something of a more folk Bubl'.
Later on the album, 'Over And Over' opens with rough folk fiddle which is then joined by picked acoustic guitar. The track lilts along contrasting those that preceded it with a sombre sounding tonality that, along with gestures of solo fiddle throughout, gives it a slightly foreign sounding feel. Again, 'Take Me Back Again' starts with a similarly thin accompaniment, down tempo with sorrowful, pleading lyrics and smooth strings before the drums kick into a busier part for verse two and the track drives forward. Already Teddy Thompson has evidenced great vocal flexibility interspersing his lovely strong rich tone with glimpses of smooth falsetto.
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Jarvis Cocker was among the artists who congregated to perform at the South Bank Centre in London last night (December 14th).
Beatboxer performer Shlomo curated the event, which was organised in aid of anti-knife crime schemes in the capital.
Developed by Shlomo at this year's Glastonbury Festival, the Music Through Unconventional Means sees artists performing their songs accompanied only by a beatbox orchestra.
The former Pulp frontman was a late addition to the event, where he performed his single Fat Children with the somewhat unusual choir.
Jarvis claimed the impromptu arrangement was in keeping with his lifestyle
"All my life has been lived doing things at the last minute. I pack my suitcase to go on holiday at the last minute. I always did my homework at the last minute when I was at school. I'm a last minute guy," he said.
Other artists who appeared at the event included MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD, Teddy Thompson and THE GUILLEMOTS.
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Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl has held on to the UK number one spot for the fourth week in a row.
The 23-year-old held off the challenge of Eric Prydz to crown a month at the top of the singles charts.
Rihanna's Disturbia climbed one place to number three while Biffy Clyro rose five places to number five with Mountains.
Though The Verve's Love is Noise fell two places to number nine, their new album Forth debuted at the top of the charts.
Slipknot's fourth album All Hope is Gone opened at number two while Somewhere, a new collection of Eva Cassidy recordings, charted at number four.
King of Pop, a Michael Jackson best of compilation for which fans were able to vote to decide the tracklisting, completed the top five in the album chart.
The top ten singles in the UK are: (last week's position)
1 Katy Perry: I Kissed A Girl (1)
2 Eric Prydz: Pjanoo (-)
3 Rihanna: Disturbia (4)
4 Script: The Man Who Can't Be Moved (2)
5 Biffy Clyro: Mountains (10)
6 Kid Rock: All Summer Long (3)
7 Madcon: Beggin' (5)
8 Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris: Dance Wiv Me (6)
9 Verve: Love Is Noise (7)
10 Noah and the Whale: 5 Years Time (8)
The top ten albums in the UK are: (last week's position)
1 Verve: Forth (-)
2 Slipknot: All Hope is Gone (-)
3 Script: The Script (1)
4 Eva Cassidy: Somewhere (-)
5 Michael Jackson: King of Pop (-)
6 Abba: Gold - Greatest Hits (2)
7 Duffy: Rockferry (3)
8 Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (4)
9 Game: LAX (-)
10 Teddy Thompson: Piece Of What You Need (-)
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Here's a prime example of what happens when fascinating subject matter falls prey to inept filmmaking. Lian Lunson's Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man is a frustrating mess, redeemed intermittently by a few solid musical performances and by the towering, erudite presence of Cohen himself.
Much of Lunson's tribute to the legendary songsmith is taken up by a 2005 concert featuring a lineup of international folk and pop artists honoring Cohen's music. I don't claim a close familiarity with Cohen's music, but it doesn't take an aficionado of it to figure out that several of the performances are overwrought, shrill, or just plain boring. Rufus Wainwright's nasally crooning and vamping reduce the wry humor of "Everybody Knows" and "Chelsea Hotel #2" into fey cabaret numbers. Elsewhere, Nick Cave's version of "I'm Your Man" by way of a Vegas lounge act deadens the senses, and Jarvis Cocker's stiffly delivered "Death Of a Ladies' Man" is god-awful. Aside from the default pleasure taken in knowing that you're hearing one of Cohen's songs, this is disposable material. All of it, that is, with the exception of Teddy Thompson's version of "Tonight Will Be Fine," Antony Hegarty's "If It Be Your Will," and Martha Wainwright's "The Traitor": Three performances that achieve the grace and soulful resonance of Cohen's music, so devoid in the rest of Lunson's documentary.
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