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

BJÖRK The Gate ★★★★ One Lit­tle In­dian If Björk’s al­bum Vul­ni­cu­radealt with themes of heart­break, fol­low­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of her 13-year re­la­tion­ship with Amer­i­can artist Matthew Bar­ney, her forth­com­ing Utopia al­bum prom­ises to be a story of re­birth. “My healed chest wound trans­formed into a gate, where I re­ceive love ...” This video treat­ment by di­rec­tor An­drew Thomas Haung is sen­su­ous and trippy. MOR­RIS­SEY Spent the Day in Bed ★★★ Eti­enne Records/BMG “Stop watch­ing the news,” com­mands Mor­ris­sey on the lead sin­gle from his first new al­bum in three years. “Be­cause the news con­trives to frighten you.” I’m not sure the ter­ri­fy­ing real­i­ties of Trump, Syria, North Korean nukes, homelessness, Brexit, the Ro­hingya cri­sis et al can be at­trib­uted en­tirely to me­dia scare­mon­ger­ing. But then, try­ing to make sense of any­thing Mor­ris­sey says th­ese days is usu­ally a fool’s er­rand. The Py­ongyang-es­que press re­lease ac­com­pa­ny­ing this claims his 2013 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy was ac­claimed by lit­er­ary re­view­ers “as a mas­ter­piece in writ­ing and prose”. Which isn’t ex­actly how I re­mem­ber it. Low

in High School is out Nov 17th. TOBY RAN­DALL ft DJ KHALED Land­slide ★★★ Roc Na­tion On the open­ing track from his de­but EP, new Roc Na­tion sign­ing Toby Ran­dall tells us that he needs us to be hon­est, he needs us to be open. The Northamp­ton na­tive prob­a­bly also needs his mother’s per­mis­sion to be out af­ter nine o’clock at night be­cause he’s just 16 years old. MAVIS STA­PLES ft TOM WAITS Re­spect Your­self ★★★★ The iconic Amer­i­can singer and civil rights ac­tivist Mavis Sta­ples was joined on­stage by Tom Waits for this ver­sion of her clas­sic 1971 hit Re­spect

Your­self, recorded at the La­gu­ni­tas Am­phithe­atre in Cal­i­for­nia re­cently. Sta­ples’s forth­com­ing al­bum If All I Was

Was Black in­cludes 11 new songs writ­ten by Wilco front­man Jeff Tweedy.

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