SOUND JUDGE­MENT

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - SOUND OUT -

BRIAN FAL­LON

SLEEPWALKERS ★★★★★ BRIAN Fal­lon, singer/ gui­tarist from punk rock band The Gaslight An­them, con­tin­ues to forge his solo ca­reer with this sec­ond record since his main band went on hia­tus in 2015.

In many ways Sleepwalkers car­ries on where Painkillers left off in 2016; it is a straight-up rock’n’roll record with fast mov­ing tracks (For­get Me Not) and sad love songs (See You On The Other Side) with oc­ca­sional killer riffs, such as on My Name Is The Night.

Here Fal­lon is chan­nelling The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and sim­i­lar bands. Mu­si­cally lighter than The Gaslight An­them but emo­tion­ally and lyri­cally heav­ier, Sleepwalkers de­serves to be a hit this year.

JUSTIN TIM­BER­LAKE

MAN OF THE WOODS ★★★★★ JUSTIN Tim­ber­lake is back with his fourth stu­dio al­bum and, if you were ex­pect­ing a marked change in di­rec­tion, you will be sorely dis­ap­pointed.

What Tim­ber­lake has cre­ated is a homely sound with a hint of mod­ern coun­try. Say Some­thing (which fea­tures Nashville-based singer/ song­writer Chris Sta­ple­ton) is a re­laxed af­fair full of tight har­monies, and it is hard to hear where Tim­ber­lake fin­ishes and Sta­ple­ton be­gins. As ever there are some up-tempo grooves – Filthy is a ball of fun wrapped up in elec­tro funk.

There is no doubt that Tim­ber­lake is proud of where he comes from and is hop­ing that the resur­gence in new coun­try will bring him new fans, but there is not quite enough coun­try run­ning through this to keep them.

THE WOM­BATS

BEAU­TI­FUL PEO­PLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE ★★★★★ THE Liver­pudlian in­die rock­ers’ fourth al­bum has a play­ful track list­ing – Le­mon In A Knife Fight, any­one? – and eas­ily di­gestible rock/ pop tunes.

Noth­ing on this col­lec­tion is par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing – it’s po­litely ac­ces­si­ble, with its lay­ers of pop gui­tar, dense beats and lead singer Matthew Mur­phy’s ef­fort­less vo­cals.

But it is a de­cent foray through Noughties-es­que sounds, even if the tracks some­times meld to­gether.

Lis­ten out for opener Chee­tah Tongue, one of the more unique of­fer­ings on the record, Out Of My Head and I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do.

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