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THE RUBBERBANDITS Sonny ★★★

Given the pub­lic ser­vice The Rubberbandits are per­form­ing here, us­ing their plat­form to raise aware­ness of is­sues around men­tal health, it may seem churl­ish to quib­ble over the fine print. The duo ap­pear to be tran­sit­ing from com­edy to ac­tivism. And in do­ing so, it seems to me, the con­cept be­hind them be­gins to come apart at the seams. Wear­ing masks and hid­ing be­hind char­ac­ters is fine for com­edy. But does it work for ac­tivism? At a Q&A ses­sion at Elec­tric Pic­nic earlier this month, Blind­boy seemed to feel this was a line he was able to walk. Per­son­ally, I’d doubt whether he can much longer.

U2 You’re The Best Thing About Me ★★ Is­land

I’m not say­ing the lead sin­gle from U2’s Songs of Ex­pe­ri­ence al­bum is ter­ri­ble. Like Jackie Tree­horn, Bono and co draw a lot of water in this town. But I will say that if this were a movie scene, it’d be that scene in The Avi­a­tor where Di Caprio starts gib­ber­ing in­co­her­ently and the men in white suits glide in to usher him out of harm’s way. Not an un­qual­i­fied tri­umph, then.

AVRIL RUSHE Bring Sam Home ★★★★

All-Ire­land fi­nal weekend is upon us. In time-hon­oured tra­di­tion, we Mayo sup­port­ers have lost the run of our­selves. We’ve painted the gable wall red and green. We’ve painted the van. Hell, some of us have even painted the cat. For 66 years, the hero­ism and for­ti­tude of our foot­ballers have sus­tained us. They’ve given us bread. This year, please Jee­bus, give us roses too.

ZAYN ft. SIA Dusk Till Dawn ★★★ RCA

In­ci­den­tally, if Mayo do win the All-Ire­land fi­nal on Sun­day, I should give fair warn­ing that next week’s col­umn will be filed from in­side a ce­ment mixer some­where near Bo­hola. Like Zayn, I’ll be par­ty­ing from dusk till dawn. And like Sia, I’ll most likely have a bucket stuck over my head. Yee-haw!

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