Tangerine Reef (Domino) INDIE
The Baltimore band have been one of the most essential US indie outfits of the past decade, but their inspiration has run aground on this half-baked effort. It’s ostensibly a soundtrack or ‘audiovisual album’ to document how the world’s coral reefs are under threat, but devoid of accompanying footage, it fails to engage. Disappointingly dull. The late, and so, so great Queen of Soul was on the cusp of her 25th birthday when she released this — her 10th album. If she had already shown a ferocious work-rate in the studio, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You was the album on which her genius could not be disputed. The peerless ‘Respect’ is here, as well as a sweet, freewheelin’ rendition of Sam Cooke’s ‘Good Times’.