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Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future Album Review


Twenty years ago Underworld's fourth album Second Toughest In The Infants was a revelation during my formative teenage years. Nothing had sounded like Underworld before or since that landmark record. However after a six-year hiatus Karl Hyde and Rick Smith seem to have finally bottled the same magic for a second time. Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future, is of course a very different record though. This time it's from the perspective of two men who are well into their fifties, but is pushes the same buttons as Second Toughest to create something quite beautiful.

Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future Album Review

Barbara Barbara pivots around the shortest and only instrumental track to be found on the album. The classical guitar plucking on 'Santiago Cuatro' bridges the two very distinct halves of the record. It's like standing back and watching the sunrise as the darkness we've come to expect from Karl Hyde's manic street poetry fades to reveal something hopeful and life affirming. The overall narrative of these seven songs pays perfect tribute to the album title itself, which was a message of hope from Smith's dying father to his wife. It's an album that has been sequenced in a very particular way to deliver that shining future in its very final minutes. I can only imagine that the shuffle tendency of digital music will only be detrimental to the overall mood that the record creates.

Opening track 'I Exhale' throws you into the deep end instantly, the industrial beats and bass heavy production brings to mind a hectic night out. There's a feeling that the song has already been playing somewhere else for hours before the opening seconds, it's like you're eavesdropping on a party that's already well underway when you press play. Hyde's stream of consciousness lyrics create a hypnotic tapestry of images, his strength as a lyricist isn't telling a cohesive story, rather translating some of the synesthesia he famously suffers from into a rapid-fire series of words and associations. These first three songs are the Underworld we're mostly familiar with: dark, industrial, and wonderfully atmospheric. Hyde sums it up perfectly on 'I Exhale' with the simple phrase "corrugated rhythms". The first twenty-two minutes of Barbara Barbara are like a greatest hits set cramming in everything about Underworld that sounds familiar. Ultimately though that's not the highlight of the album.

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Gary Numan To Be Honoured At Q Awards


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Gary Numan will receive the 2015 Q Innovation In Sound award at the Q Awards.

The 57-year-old electronic musician is the first winner to be announced for the Q Awards in association with Absolute Radio, which will take place on Monday (19.10.15).

Speaking about his win, he said: ''To receive any award in music is an honour. But to receive the Q Innovation In Sound award is particularly special.

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Missy Elliott To Headline Bestival


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Missy Elliott will headline Bestival's Sunday night.

The 'Work It' hitmaker has been announced as the third headliner for the annual festival, which runs from September 10 - 13, and is ''very excited'' to perform in the UK, having not played a show here for nine years.

She said: ''I can't wait to see all my fans I haven't seen in some time.

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Kate Beckinsale Reprising Role As Selene In 'Underworld 5'


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Kate Beckinsale will be reprising her role as the vampire Selene in the fifth instalment of the Underworld franchise. Beckinsale has starred in the past four parts of the successful action-horror franchise.

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Coronation Street The Tour

Underworld - Press preview of Coronation Street The Tour at the Old Coronation Street Set Granada Studio's Manchester. - Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Underworld's Smiling Career Highlight


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Underworld's favourite career reward is being able to ''put smiles on people's faces.''

The dance duo picked up the Q Innovation in Sound trophy at the annual Q Awards in London yesterday (22.10.12) for their work on the musical soundtrack to the Olympic Games opening ceremony in London this summer, but their greatest reward is to see people's reaction to their music.

The band's Karl Hyde exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I think it was very brave of Danny [Boyle, opening ceremony director] to have brought the people that he did to work on that - the whole creative team - it was a whole bunch of outsiders who were brought in to represent the country and it was a brave and fantastic move.

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Underworld and Grosvenor House Sunday 21st October 2012

The Q Awards Held At The Grosvenor House - Arrivals.

Underworld and Grosvenor House Monday 22nd October 2012 The Q Awards held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals.

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Underworld and Grosvenor House

Colin Farrell Embarrassed During Sex Scene


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Kate Beckinsale has revealed Colin Farrell squirmed with embarrassment when they shot a sex scene for 'Total Recall'.

The British actress had to get hot and heavy with the hunky actor - who she briefly dated - on set and Colin couldn't wait for the scene to end because they had to film it in front of her husband Len Wiseman, who was directing them.

She said: ''I've done it with somebody else in front of my husband before so I think it was actually much more awkward for Colin. He was the one who was like, 'Are we done? Are we good?'

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Arctic Monkeys Beatles Cover Soars Up Itunes Singles Chart


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Arctic Monkeys' cover of 'Come Together' by The Beatles is quickly climbing up the UK singles chart, according to NME.com today (July 30, 2012). The band played the track as part of the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday (July 27, 2012) and it's currently risen to number 14 on the iTunes chart. Rumours had been circulating for some time before the ceremony took place as to who would be performing in Danny Boyle's extravagant ceremony but most of the bands were able to keep their involvement under wraps.

A compilation of all the music played at the ceremony has been made available and is entitled 'Isles of Wonder.' The album is currently number one on the iTunes chart in France, Britain, Spain and Belgium. It's also at number five in the US. The album was released online not long after the end of the televised ceremony, which featured a number of musical performances, as well as appearances from the likes of David Beckham and Rowan Atkinson. It also featured a pointed celebration of the NHS, which many have interpreted as Boyle's protests against the government's plans to dismantle the National Health Service.

Also doing well in the charts is 'Caliban's Dream,' the track written by Underworld and sung by Two Door Cinema Club's frontman Alex Trimble. 'Caliban's Dream' is currently at number five. Frank Turner's 'I Still Believe' is at number 32 and EMILE SANDE's 'Abide With Me' is at number 26.

Rick Smith Taken Ill With Exhaustion


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Underworld star Rick Smith has been taken ill with exhaustion.

The musician, whose dance act was responsible for coordinating the soundtrack for the London Olympics opening ceremony on Friday (27Jul12), cancelled interviews at the BT London Live concert in the city's Hyde Park on Saturday (28Jul12).

Explaining his absence, a spokesperson for the event told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Rick is unwell today due to exhaustion."

Kate Beckinsale Wants To Return To Romantic Comedies


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Kate Beckinsale wants to return to romantic comedies.

The 'Underworld' actress - who has 13-year-old Lily with former partner Michael Sheen - is known for her action film roles but would love to be offered more romantic comedy parts in the future - if the scripts were funny enough.

Asked whether she would consider making a comeback to the genre, Kate told Total Film magazine: ''I hope so. I really like the idea of doing as many things as possible.

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Kate Beckinsale Hates Underwear


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Kate Beckinsale prefers not to wear underwear.

The action star revealed that she feels more comfortable without briefs underneath her clothing on a day-to-day basis.

The 'Underworld' star admitted that she would only consider donning underpants if her outfit didn't consist of much material.

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Celebrate The First Birthday Of 'The Bank' Nightclub, Situated In Sydney's Red Light District Of Kings Cross And Owned By The Controversial 'King Of The Cross' John Ibrahim.

Home And Away and Underworld - 'Home And Away' new cast members Saturday 6th November 2010 at The Bank nightclub Sydney, Australia

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All Points West Festival At Liberty State Park - Day 1

Underworld - Carl Hyde of Underworld Jersey City, New Jersey - All Points West Festival at Liberty State Park - Day 1 Friday 8th August 2008

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