Review: Thirteen studio albums in, and 'Colors' sees Beck maybe at his most playful and upbeat since the late '90s. Title track 'Colors' opens the albums with an immediacy that bursts out like a heavily polished 'Devil's Haircut'. The album veers off in all kinds of pop directions, from the anthemic 'Seventh Heaven', to the almost trap-like 'Wow', Beck shows he's willing to experiment and wrangle as much as possible into an album. It might not be his most contemplative record, but it's definitely his glossiest and most entertaining in a while, and promises a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.
Review: In the wake of his untimely passing, it can be hard to work out which of his many eras and personae to indulge in, yet this essential document of radio sessions and fascinating live material covers one of the most exciting - that era in which this almost objectionably talented ingenue was first marking out his pathway to stardom - from the swinging '60s mockney strains of his earliest hits, through the heavy vibes of the Man Who Sold The World period, the elemental whimsy of 'Hunky Dory' and the world-conquering Ziggy Stardust, this is a fascinating travelogue of four years in which Bowie took enough artistic chances to last a lesser artist four careers, and almost all of them paid off. Watch out for a charming cameo from John Peel here also.
Review: Sporting something of an appearance that looks like it could have come out of Harmony Korine's Gummo, Cherry Glazerr reappear once again on their homely label Secretly Canadian. There's a mass of pop culture appeal to band, and considering they surfaced early on [Adult Swim] it's no surprise maybe to see everything from mid-western emo to punk motifs alongside more cosmo R&B beats. It's an album that wears its hair up or down, experiencing softer and more introverted moments to thrash guitars and punk stances. With angst and distortion never far from earshot, the album's flex is acoustic and electronic with the imaginations of talented kids dosed up on MTV Americana coming to the fore.
Review: A power trio fronted by teenage singer-songwriter Clementine Creevy, Cherry Glazerr are already onto their second record, and it sees them building formidably on their 'Haxel Princess' debut with a spiky, sweet and incisive collection of post-punk ditties that balance out sardonic bite and melodious nous. The whys and wherefores of teenhood may be present and correct here, yet beneath the gloriously trashy and distinctly Daria-esque exterior lurks a record packed with hooks built to last. Anyone either beguiled by Courtney Barnett or still lamenting the all-too-brief life of noughties indie faves The Organ will want to give 'Apocalypstick' the time of day.