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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler


Steal My Girl Syco ★★ To judge from some re­cent com­ments by Si­mon Cow­ell, as well as ap­ply­ing Louis Walsh’s dic­tum about boy­bands and tat­toos, it seems likely that the heav­ily inked One Di­rec­tion may soon be go­ing their sep­a­rate ways. In th­ese dog days of their reign at the top, then, anx­i­ety and para­noia are be­gin­ning to creep into the One Di­rec­tion camp. “Every­body wants to steal my girl,” they fret here. “Every­body wants to steal her heart away.” Their new al­bum, Four, is out Novem­ber 17th. And by the way, or­gan trafficking is pro­hib­ited un­der the Istanbul Dec­la­ra­tion of 2008. APHEX TWIN

Minipops 67 Warp ★★★★ In an in­ter­view to pro­mote his

Syro al­bum, the reclu­sive Richard D James re­vealed that he watches a lot of YouTube doc­u­men­taries, be­lieves in the Il­lu­mi­nati and thinks the 9/11 at­tacks were an inside job. So it turns out there is some­thing to be said for enig­matic si­lence. LORDE

Yel­low Flicker Beat

Repub­lic ★★★ From the sound­track to the lat­est Hunger Games movie,

Yel­low Flicker Beat is Lorde’s first new ma­te­rial since last year’s Grammy-win­ning Pure

Hero­ine al­bum. And if the open­ing line was any more Lana Del Rey, it would have a bee­hive hairdo and death fix­a­tion. “I’m a princess cut from mar­ble,” coos the Kiwi singer. “Smoother than a storm.” (“Paler than a ghost” would also have scanned. Just a sug­ges­tion.) ARETHA FRANKLIN

Rolling in the Deep RCA

★★★★ On her new Great Diva Clas­sics, the Queen of Soul per­forms songs made fa­mous by such mod­ern artists as Adele, Ali­cia Keys and Sinéad O’Con­nor. But it’s very much an old-school al­bum, over­seen by leg­endary Clive Davis (82), with back­ing vo­cals by Whit­ney’s mother Cissy Hous­ton (81) among oth­ers. On the lead sin­gle, Franklin even throws in a few bars of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Ter­rell’s Ain’t No Moun­tain High Enough. Rolling in the deep and rolling back the years.

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