Only three reviews this month. And a real mixed bag they are too! Once again there is a clear favourite, and once again, an album I wouldn’t waste someone else’s money on. So stand up and take a bow Jane’s Addiction, for producing a fantastic live album the really captures the essence and energy of one of their shows. And hang your head in shame Mark Owen, you should never step out of the shadow of Gary Barlow. His album is a totally unmemorable affair, and to be honest, his voice just grates. So there.
Recorded at the end of last year at Terminal 5 in NYC and released as DVD as well as in audio formats, this live album captures one of the greatest ever Alt-Rock bands in all their fully turbo-charged pomp. With a track listing that spans their whole career from 1988 debut album Nothings Shocking through to 2012’s The Great Escape this is a comprehensive illustration of what makes them so compelling and brilliant. From the funked up guitar licks and pounding beats of the music to the uniquely dynamic vocals, funny patter and theatricality of frontman Perry Farrell it is all captured perfectly and sounding incredible. Utterly wonderful.
Produced by uber-producer Stuart Price and released on their own label, this is the 12th studio album from the duo. And, as you would expect from a Price produced record, it is aimed primarily at the dance floor. Less brooding than previous album Elysium it cleverly blends cutting edge dance music with their trademark disco-synth sound and low-key vocals. It also continues the move away from their poppier aspects like concise running times, with these songs being allowed to breathe and grow within themselves. A cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s The Last To Die that nestles amongst the 8 original tracks is the most intriguing song on the record and should be checked out.
Whilst man-band Take That have a break from shattering records and thrilling millions of housewives the world over the little, formerly cute, member has broken ranks and released what is surprisingly his 4th solo album. This is surprising as I have no memory of the previous three. If you are one of the billions familiar with his output with Take That then you will be on comfortable ground, as this record takes absolutely zero risks and breaks no new ground for him. Boring, middle of the road grown up pop is the order of the day, apparently about everyone’s “massively significant, tiny little speck life”. I can’t help find the title slightly ironic too.
First published in the July issue of The Ocelot Magazine www.theocelot.co.uk