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

RANDY NEW­MAN Sonny Boy ★★★★ None­such

On the stand­out track from Randy New­man’s 12th stu­dio al­bum, Dark Mat­ter, (his first in nine years) the vet­eran song­writer re­counts the sur­pris­ingly true-life story of Sonny Boy Wil­liamson. The Ten­nessee blues­man died in 1948 and had his mu­si­cal iden­tity posthu­mously stolen by a more fa­mous Chicago blues­man of the same name, who toured with The An­i­mals and The Yard­birds in the 1960s.

The fi­nal in­dig­nity comes when the orig­i­nal Sonny Boy ar­rives at the Pearly Gates and finds he is the only blues­man in heaven. At 34, he had died too young.

“Didn’t have the time to do noth­ing bad,” the ag­nos­tic New­man laments.

SMALL CIR­CLE Spin­ning ★★★ Flower Girl Records

Ac­cord­ing to front­woman Marissa D’elia, the new single from Philadel­phia-based in­die band Small Cir­cle is about “not be­ing met with the same emo­tional ef­fort you’re putting into a friend­ship/re­la­tion­ship, yet still pro­vid­ing it against your bet­ter judg­ment”. Con­tacted for com­ment, the per­son she’s fu­ri­ously sub­tweet­ing there is be­lieved to have re­sponded, “Sure, what­ever.”

JESSIE WARE Mid­night ★★★★ Is­land Records

“Can you meet me in the mid­night?” Jessie Ware chan­nels the great Beth Gib­bons at times on the lead single from her as-yet un­ti­tled third al­bum.

KING HENRY FEAT RHYE Mo­ment ★★★ Black But­ter Records

Alas, King Henry here is not the renowned 10-time All-Ire­land-win­ning Kilkenny hurler-turned-pun­dit whose por­trait was re­cently un­veiled at the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land.

He is the LA-based pro­ducer and former Di­plo pro­tege be­hind Ma­jor Lazer’s

Cold Wa­ter and much of Bey­oncé’s Lemon­ade. Mo­ment, his lat­est solo ven­ture, is an ethe­real lament for lost love.

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