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

BETH DITTO Oo La La ★★★★ Vir­gin In 2006, I in­ter­viewed The Gos­sip back­stage in the Tem­ple Bar Mu­sic Cen­tre just af­ter they’d re­leased what would be­come their break­through al­bum Stand­ing In The

Way of Con­trol. The pho­tog­ra­pher ac­com­pa­ny­ing me brought along trashy celebrity mag­a­zines to use as props for the pho­to­shoot. (Gos­sip…get it?) But front­woman Beth Ditto re­fused to pose read­ing that week’s copy of Heat mag­a­zine, since Kate Moss ap­peared on its cover and she be­lieved the su­per­model per­pet­u­ated an un­re­al­is­tic body im­age that was dam­ag­ing to young women’s self-es­teem. I was im­pressed by her ar­tic­u­lacy and per­suaded by the strength of her con­vic­tion. A few weeks later, the al­bum was a chart hit and Ditto was pho­tographed leav­ing a night­club arm in arm with her new best friend Kate Moss. This taught me an im­por­tant les­son: mu­si­cians are full of shit. Beth Ditto’s ex­cel­lent solo de­but Fake

Sugar is out now. LIL­LIE MAE Over The Hill and Through The Woods ★★★★ Third Man Records I’ve come a lit­tle late to this. Lil­lie Mae Ris­che is the fid­dle player in Jack White’s tour­ing band. (She sang Tem­po­rary

Ground on his Lazaretto al­bum.) A pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian since child­hood,

For­ever and Then Some is her Dolly Par­ton-es­que de­but al­bum. 5 AF­TER MID­NIGHT Up In Here ★★ Syco Filmed in sunny Shored­itch,

Up In Here is the de­but video from for­mer X Fac­tor fi­nal­ists 5 Af­ter Mid­night. It con­tains so many bla­tant nods to Mark Ron­son’s Up­town Funk that I gen­uinely can’t tell if it’s a homage or a piss take. LIAM PAYNE ft. QUAVO Strip That Down ★★ Capi­tol The Howard Don­ald of One Di­rec­tion, Liam Payne, has struck out with very much the Howard Don­ald of solo sin­gles. It’s pass­able, it’s work­man­like, it ended about 10 sec­onds ago and I couldn’t pick it out of a po­lice line-up if my life de­pended on it.

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