VAR­I­OUS Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Rus­sell ★★★

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

We’ve been wait­ing ages for Arthur Rus­sell’s mu­si­cal legacy to en­joy some shine, so per­haps this com­pi­la­tion will do the trick. A fas­ci­nat­ing fig­ure, Rus­sell was a clas­si­cally trained Iowa mu­si­cian who found his feet in New York’s ex­per­i­men­tal and disco scenes, but who also had a fine ear for avant-garde pop and folky bal­lads. The di­ver­sity of this cat­a­logue means the al­bum stretches from Hot Chip’s funk rip on Go Bang to Robyn turn­ing Tell You (To­day) into a glee­ful pop hur­rah. Dev Hynes comes clos­est to the spirit of Rus­sell in his ef­fort to blend Is It All Over My Face? and Tower of Mean­ing. Else­where, there’s too much re­spect on show from José González, Glen Hansard and The Au­tumn De­fense, all of whom are po­lite in their ap­proach to the songs. Rus­sell, you feel, would be less con­ser­va­tive about the task.

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