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THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

Bangor Mail - - The music interview -

SKEPTA IGNORANCE IS BLISS ★★★★★

BAT­TLE bars, clever jibes and col­lab­o­ra­tions with J Hus and WizKid re­new Skepta’s clas­sic grime style but with an un­pre­dictable edge. Lyri­cally, the 36-year-old main­tains the same bravado and self­as­sur­ance, but with mo­ments of raw emo­tion.

Bul­let From A Gun ex­presses his joy of fa­ther­hood – “all I know is there’s no bet­ter feel­ing, than go­ing home and see­ing my lit­tle girl in the cot”.

With noth­ing left to prove, a con­fi­dent Skepta con­tin­ues to push the bound­aries with a new-found artis­tic free­dom.

MI­LEY CYRUS

SHE IS COM­ING ★★★★★

HAV­ING tried coun­try, sac­cha­rine bal­lady pop, and hip-hop, Mi­ley Cyrus fi­nally seems to have found her­self.

On this new EP, the 26-year-old is bet­ter than ever as she al­most carves out a new genre for her­self through­out its six tracks – a kind of mel­low dance/hip-hop/trap hy­brid with a dose of alt-pop and her trade­mark no-holds-barred lyrics.

Open­ing track Mother’s Daughter is an en­tic­ing fem­i­nist power track, while Un­holy is a re­lax­ing song about hav­ing sex next to take­away con­tain­ers. The other tracks are just as de­cent, sug­gest­ing she prob­a­bly should have eked this out a bit longer and re­leased a full albu

The other tracks are just as de­cent, sug­gest­ing she prob­a­bly should have eked this out a bit longer to re­lease a full al­bum.

THE DI­VINE COM­EDY OF­FICE POL­I­TICS ★★★★★

NO-ONE writes a song like Neil Han­non – sim­ple and ac­ces­si­ble, yet with an in­com­pa­ra­ble com­plex un­der­tone to the lyrics and the lay­er­ing of the over­all sound.

Scan­dalously over­looked by the masses, Han­non and his merry band are back with Of­fice Pol­i­tics. Fea­tur­ing sev­eral col­lab­o­ra­tions in­clud­ing with Neil’s part­ner, singer-song­writer Cathy Davey. From the de­spair felt by many as Don­ald Trump was an­nounced US Pres­i­dent (Dark Days Are Here Again) to the malaise of hav­ing to wait your turn (Queue­jumper), this is a fab­u­lously mo­rose al­bum that doesn’t take it­self too se­ri­ously.

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