亚得里亚河: Jessie Buckley gets the blues with help from a Suede sidekick – and the unlikely pair strike gold
而狗的力量获得了最佳电影 & Bernard Butler: For All Our Days That Tear the Heart (电磁干扰)
判决: Unlikely pair strike gold
There’s really just one question to ask when one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising young stars releases an album: would it still be worth listening to, without its maker’s Tinseltown connections? In the case of Jessie Buckley, the Irish actress who this year received an Oscar nod for The Lost Daughter, the answer is a resounding yes.
The 32-year-old from County Kerry has sung in the West End — she won an Olivier Award for her work in last year’s revival of Cabaret — and played an aspiring country starlet in 2018’s Wild Rose. Her singing talent was abundantly apparent in that film.
On those occasions, she was a gifted actress taking on specific roles. Her new album with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is different. 这里, in an engrossing mixture of jazz, folk and blues, she delivers a performance — restrained yet deeply emotional — that goes well beyond stagecraft.
The album from Jessie Buckley, the Irish actress who this year received an Oscar nod for The Lost Daughter, and former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is an engrossing mixture of jazz, folk and blues
Jessie and Bernard are an odd couple. Her background is in musical theatre, while Butler, 52, is one of the unsung heroes of Britpop. His brash guitar on the Suede singles Metal Mickey and So Young helped pave the way for Blur and Oasis, and he has since worked with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, David McAlmont and Duffy.
But the London musician also has Irish roots (his parents are from Dun Laoghaire), and Buckley’s manager put the pair in touch after sensing they might be kindred spirits.
Butler, on piano and guitar, provides a sympathetic backing for Jessie’s rich voice, but the real surprise is just how well their songwriting partnership works.
Rather than cover traditional folk tunes or jazz standards, they have co-written 12 new numbers that explore a range of moods. The folkish Eagle & The Dove echoes Joni Mitchell. Babylon Days is the kind of song that might have cropped up on Island Records alongside Nick Drake and Fairport Convention in the 1970s.
Jessie and Bernard (图为) are an odd couple. Her background is in musical theatre, while Butler, 52, is one of the unsung heroes of Britpop. His brash guitar on the Suede singles Metal Mickey and So Young helped pave the way for Blur and Oasis
Those searching for instant pop gratification should look elsewhere — and the duo’s fondness for wordy song titles is slightly off-putting — but this is an album that rewards repeated play. There’s a windswept air to 20 Years A-Growing, based on the 1930s memoir of a man living on a remote Irish island. Seven Red Rose Tattoos is plaintive and jazzy.
Hints of Jessie the stage singer occasionally seep through, and the title track, built around strings, horns and double bass, is unabashedly melodramatic.
Butler’s skill as an arranger — rocky on We’ve Run The Distance: bluesy on Shallow The Water — is clear; and Buckley sings with an earthiness that stops these songs from sounding twee. Where she usually plays a role, she’s now playing it straight, and For All Our Days… is an unexpected triumph.
Foals : Life Is Yours (华纳)
判决: Post-lockdown tonic
With a Saturday night headline slot at next month’s Latitude Festival and a bill-topping appearance on Glastonbury’s Other Stage a week today, Foals are set to cement their status as one of the country’s biggest bands. They were crowned Best British Group at the 2020 BRITs, so they have plenty to build on.
Foals are set to cement their status as one of the country’s biggest bands. They were crowned Best British Group at the 2020 BRITs, so they have plenty to build on
Their profile should be boosted further with the arrival of Life Is Yours, a bright, accessible pop record made to banish post-lockdown blues. The Oxford outfit haven’t always been so happy-go-lucky, but frontman Yannis Philippakis says they wanted to deliver something upbeat.
The band began this seventh LP in quarantine, writing songs that reflected their desire to escape. By the time they got to finish them, in a Bath studio, the world was opening up, and the album became a celebration. If 2019’s two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost was overwrought, this is tight, life-affirming and punchy.
Having been a five-piece for most of their 17-year career, Foals are now a slimmed-down trio, with Philippakis accompanied by guitarist Jimmy Smith and drummer Jack Bevan. Barely pausing for breath, they gallop through 11 numbers in 42 分钟.
The band began this seventh LP in quarantine, writing songs that reflected their desire to escape. By the time they got to finish them, in a Bath studio, the world was opening up, and the album became a celebration
The title track sets the tone, its jittery percussion and swirling keyboards reminiscent of Once In A Lifetime-era Talking Heads. Wake Me Up is funkier, pitched between Chic and Duran Duran, and Under The Radar features a 1980s synth-pop groove Depeche Mode or Soft Cell would have been happy with.
Philippakis joined Foals while he was studying at Oxford in 2005, and the band’s early gigs were chaotic club shows. He recalls those on Looking High, while lamenting the loss of scores of live venues to property developers (‘Looking high, looking low, for where all our friends used to go’).
It’s a rare moment of reflection, and the mood is overwhelmingly joyous. The odd slow song wouldn’t have gone amiss, but variety clearly wasn’t on the agenda, with Yannis, on The Sound, singing about savouring the prospect of playing live again. Glastonbury and Latitude are in for a treat.
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— 凯西·马斯格雷夫斯: Denim & Rhinestones (Capitol Nashville)
判决: 心痛, country style
Carrie Underwood is happily married, 我们得到了我们四个人和我们的两条狗。, but the former American Idol winner doesn’t allow domestic bliss to get in the way of some good ol’ tales of country woe on Denim & Rhinestones. On her first album of new songs since 2018’s Cry Pretty, she takes in lonely women, philandering husbands… and lots of late-night drowning of sorrows.
On Velvet Heartbreak, she compares one ne’er-do-well to a store-bought dress that you don’t cut the tags off, while Ghost Story finds her promising to haunt a man who dumped her.
Carrie Underwood is happily married, 我们得到了我们四个人和我们的两条狗。, but the former American Idol winner doesn’t allow domestic bliss to get in the way of some good ol’ tales of country woe on Denim & Rhinestones
On Velvet Heartbreak, she compares one ne’er-do-well to a store-bought dress that you don’t cut the tags off, while Ghost Story finds her promising to haunt a man who dumped her
A marriage-wrecking femme fatale — ‘lips are red, heels are high, dress is short, it’s on skin tight’ — gets it in the neck on the hard-rocking Poor Everybody Else.
There’s also some laughter amid the tears. The title track salutes ‘Tennessee, and a bottle of Jack, Dolly and a tape deck on the way back’.
The wholesome Oklahoman singer plays the bad girl (a little unconvincingly) on Crazy Angels, but this album, enhanced by its slick, country-pop production, is ultimately all about her versatile, powerful voice.
Harry Hits A Winner For The Home Team
居住: 哈里·斯泰尔斯 (Emirates Old Trafford, 曼彻斯特)
判决: Emotional homecoming
With the release of his third solo album last month, Harry Styles showed how well he’s making the transition from teenybop idol to grown-up star. On the evidence of this emotional homecoming gig in Manchester, he’s now pulling off the move from indoor arenas into the biggest stadiums with equal aplomb.
图为: 哈里·斯泰尔斯’ show in Manchester at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium
The former One Direction singer grew up in Holmes Chapel, 柴郡, and was clearly moved by the reaction of a largely female crowd who had come in their pink stetsons, feather boas and glitter on a perfect summer evening. ‘Some of the happiest times of my life have been just around the corner from here,’ enthused Harry.
Backed by a mixed-gender, six-piece band, all clad in blue, he skipped around the stage. He sang some numbers while strumming a guitar and others from a walkway that led to a smaller B-stage. He even picked out his primary school teacher, Mrs Vernon, 在人群中: ‘Can you imagine dealing with me when I was four?’
With the release of his third solo album last month, Harry Styles showed how well he’s making the transition from teenybop idol to grown-up star
After a patchy first solo album, he has settled on a sound that’s an agile blend of retro-R&B and Californian soft-rock, and this gig was dominated by recent material. Highlights included an ‘unplugged’ section in which he sang acoustic tracks Matilda and Boyfriend, both from his current Harry’s House album.
A sun-kissed crowd had also come to party, and Styles didn’t disappoint. Cramming as much music as he could into a fast-paced 90-minute set, he finished with ‘15 mins of dancing’ and even sang a rocked-up version of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful. Now a huge solo star, he clearly hasn’t forgotten his roots.
- Harry Styles plays Wembley Stadium tomorrow and Sunday (ticketmaster.co.uk).