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I Promise ★★★★ XL Recordings Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien described this previously unreleased track, from the band’s forthcoming OK
Computer 20th anniversary reissue, as being “a bit like a Roy Orbison number”. And despite it’s mid-1990s Radiohead strummed acoustic guitar intro, and military drumbeat, that’s not a bad description at all: Thom Yorke’s epic, aching falsetto layered over a base of mournful strings is indeed oddly reminiscent of The Big O at his very best.
Don’t You Forget About Me Dryden Street ★★★ Extensive online digging has failed to unearth much about this new artist, besides the fact that she’s 20, hails from the city of Nelson, New Zealand and (at the time of writing) has fewer than 100 Twitter followers. But if her social media game is weak, this original composition proves she has songwriting chops to burn.
Everything Now ★★★ Colombia Listening to the title track from Arcade Fire’s forthcoming fifth studio album prompts one inevitable question. That is, of which specific ABBA hit is the song weirdly reminiscent? I reckon it’s Fernando, but I’m open to debate on the issue.
Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature ★★★★ Call it a million dollar book report… Last December, Bob Dylan was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. In order to collect the prize money, he had six months in which to deliver a lecture to the Academy. This audio recording he submitted this week, synopsising three books he studied in school ( Moby Dick, All Quiet On The Western Front and The Odyssey), does not disappoint. There are moments of folksiness, profundity and weirdness, as well as long stretches where it sounds like Dylan might be just padding the whole account out in order to get over the line. Leaving Cert students everywhere will empathise.