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


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.

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