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This Charm­ing Man ★★★

Ac­tor James Franco is a rest­less spirit. In case you hadn’t al­ready twigged it, the Re­lated Sto­ries col­umn on the web­page that brings news of his new­est ven­ture is il­lus­tra­tive: “James Franco reads po­ems from his new col­lec­tion”; “Inside James Franco’s gay s&m doc­u­men­tary”; and “Franco writes empathetic

New York Times op-ed on Shia Le Boeuf”. You get the point. Franco likes to mix things up. His lat­est wheeze, Daddy’s Let

Me Get What I Want, is a Smiths-in­spired mu­sic al­bum recorded with ac­tual Smiths mem­ber Andy Rourke on bass.

This Charm­ing Man isn’t a cover of the Man­cu­ni­ans’ first hit, but rather a reimag­in­ing of the song and an ex­plo­ration of its uni­verse. And sur­prise, sur­prise, the fin­ished prod­uct is . . . not ter­ri­ble. sound­


Detroit v Every­body

Shady Records ★★

When a host of Mo­tor City’s hip-hop lu­mi­nar­ies (Eminem, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf) get to­gether to toast their em­bat­tled home­town, it’s safe to as­sume the re­sults will not be tourism board-ap­proved. Gang-bang­ing, trig­ger fin­gers and bleed­ing like Grand River – none of it would fly at Lim­er­ick City of Cul­ture, that I can tell you.


A Per­fect Christ­mas

Or­phan Record­ing ★★★

Ir­ish song­writ­ers Eoghan O’Sul­li­van and David Gra­ham out­line var­i­ous cliches they could do with­out this Christ­mas (snow, Santa, carollers), be­fore un­veil­ing their one wish: “Oh, won’t you please come back to stay this Christ­mas.” Any sim­i­lar­i­ties to Christ­mas (Baby Please Come Home) are

co­in­ci­den­tal, we’re sure.


Hol­ly­wood True Pan­ther


If we take the singer/nar­ra­tor at his word here, he’s a young pi­ano player who pur­sues his dreams to Hol­ly­wood, gets picked up and spat out and – at the ex­act mo­ment he re­alises he never wanted ac­claim in the first place – com­poses one of the best songs he ever will.

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