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.”
Music In the News...Jack White has been awarded an honor for musical excellence, from University College Dublin. The James Joyce Award was presented to the former White Stripes frontman, who is currently touring with Willy Moon, by the university's Literary and Historical Society.
Cat Power has informed her fans, that her European tour will still go ahead, despite the news that she is suffering financial and health difficulties. She told her fans "European Tour Is On. Without Stage Presentation. Hard Money Wasted." It is thought that she is planning a stripped-down version of her show for the tour, which will include her first London show in four years.
Katy Perry has been accused of 'sexualising children' by the indie-dance band Crystal Castles. The band's singer, Alice Glass, told NME magazine "I think a lot of (pop stars) sell sex to children. I think a lot of kids are more sexualised now than they were years ago and I'm not sure it's a coincidence. Like f**king Katy Perry spraying people with her f**king d**k, her f**king c** gun c**ming on f**king children. And little girls, like six-year-old girls wearing a shirt with 'I wanna see your (pea) cock' on it."
With their third full-length release, Bath-based neo soul rockers The Heavy have rebottled their advert-friendly sound for another take. This time round, the four-piece took off to the spiritual home of their distinctly American South dingy rock (specifically Columbus, Georgia) in order to record The Glorious Dead and, whilst the blueprint goes largely unchanged, the album does contain one or two moments that prick your ears up.
Complete with a gospel choir now, the band have invested the money they must have made from being the spokes-group for Strongbow, Kia, a host of movies, TV programmes and video game advertisements well in adding a dash of spice to the mix. With 'How You Like Me Now' and the like still in people's consciousness, it was interesting to see how the band could maybe shake off these shackles and perhaps set sail in another direction. In actual fact, the band have done nothing like that and have stuck to the ethos that Will Smith (when he was the Fresh Prince) so wisely said on 'Summertime'; "if it ain't broke then don't try and fix it."
'Can't Play Dead' makes good use of the added vocal power to back up the already powerful voice of Kelvin Swaby by the time the chorus comes round, but is still very-much what you would expect to hear from The Heavy. When 'Curse Me Good' comes round, we do notice a tonal shift, with the track sounding more Cloud 9-era George Harrison or even Texas than it does the same people who recorded The House That Dirt Built. Still, the shift even further into the pop hemisphere is not exactly one that takes you aback and leaves you on the edge of your seat begging for more. As antithetical as it may sound, after hearing the band tread into these unchartered waters, you are almost pining for them to return to their marquee sound; something that 'What Makes A Good Man?' does with ease. This song in particular is everything you would expect the band to produce and will no doubt be gracing the airwaves in-between the football in the near future.
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Great Vengeance and Furious Fire
Continue reading: The Heavy, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire Album Review
Great Vengeance and Furious Fire
Bath’s The Heavy have emerged. After some considerable hype, with their rather ostentatiously-titled debut LP Great Vengeance and Furious Fire.
While the title may lead one to expect the aural equivalent of being pumped full of lead by Samuel L. Jackson and that bloke from Saturday Night Fever, the album is actually an infectiously sleazy collection of rock ‘n’ soul stompers that hit much more than they miss.
‘You Didn’t Know’ is a highlight; a gutsy blues holler underpinned by a rough and raw guitar line, while ‘Colleen’ channels the spirit of Prince with a brilliantly camp falsetto vocal.
Inevitably, with such a haphazard approach, there are some decidedly ropey moments, particularly the self-consciously ‘wacky’ rap on ‘Girl’ which boasts the line ‘it must be the way you wear your jeans’, which should lead you to wonder exactly how many ways one can wear a pair of jeans.
At just ten tracks long, Great Vengeance is a short blast of heady fun that contains some genuinely impressive moments; surely it wouldn’t be too much to suggest that The Heavy have got a truly great album in them?
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