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The Stars, The Oceans And The Moon BMG 6/10

Long mac ti­tans’ best-of, with strings at­tached Sail­ing to sad­der shores of late, King Bunny Ian McCul­loch has be­come in­creas­ingly reclu­sive and riven with self­doubt. For The Stars, The Oceans And The Moon, the orig­i­nal scally mys­tic has or­ches­trated a se­lec­tion of old songs with a mis­sion­ary zeal (“It’s im­por­tant to me to make the songs bet­ter,” he said. “I have to do it”). If the Frank Si­na­tra of the back-comb­ing set can­not top the ugly beauty of the orig­i­nal “The Killing Moon”, “Ocean Rain” or “Res­cue”, their ge­nius/gib­ber­ish takes on a com­pelling au­tum­nal tone here. New songs “The Som­nam­bu­list” and “How Far”, mean­while, are tes­ta­ment to a ta­lent still scream­ing from be­neath the waves.

Jolly by name only: Emika

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