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


Take One Last Look


“This is for you, Dave...” For the past 32 years, Tom Waits has been one of David Let­ter­man’s favourite mu­si­cal guests, one of few al­ways in­vited to join the late-night host at his desk. Waits’ talk-show per­sona (like his night­club crooner on

Nighthawks at the Diner, or his teller of warped tales on

Bas­tards) is a well pol­ished sham­bles: hi­lar­i­ous, mer­cu­rial and never quite on the level. With Let­ter­man now re­tired, this per­for­mance last week was their fond farewell.


Don’t Dream It’s Over ★★★

Happy Hippy

They’re two grown adults, dressed in one­sies, singing a Crowded House cover on an in­flat­able green couch. Yet you’d have to say, Mi­ley Cyrus and Ari­ana Grande re­ally can both sing. Their alto and so­prano voices blend very nicely on this duet. (Yes, once in a blue moon, this col­umn ac­tu­ally talks about mu­sic.) This was recorded to raise funds for a char­ity that sup­ports home­less LGBT teens. Forty per cent of home­less teenagers iden­tify as gay.


I Can’t Find My Keys

★★★★ 12XU

Lads, I’m with you on the gui­tars, the hair­cuts, the

Simp­sons- ref­er­enc­ing band name and foul lan­guage. But, as I fre­quently tell my near­est and dear­est, your keys are your own af­fair. You don’t know where you left them? Well then, how the hell would I?

TAY­LOR SWIFT Bad Blood (Remix fea­tur­ing Ken­drick La­mar) ★★

Big Ma­chine

Tay­lor Swift’s new video cost sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars to cre­ate and pays homage to at last half-a-dozen clas­sic sci-fi flicks. There are ex­plo­sions, spe­cial ef­fects, teddy stab­bings, a new verse by Ken­drick La­mar and sexy cameos by Cara Delevinge, Lena Dun­ham, Selena Gomez, El­lie Gould­ing, Jes­sica Alba and Cindy Craw­ford. But be­sides that, she re­ally prefers just to let her mu­sic do the talk­ing

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