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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. soundcloud.com/wearedaddy
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.
TOBIAS JESSO JR
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.