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THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

Bangor Mail - - The Music Interview -

LANA DEL REY – NOR­MAN F***ING ROCK­WELL ★★★★★

YEARS since her break­through hit

Video Games,

Del Rey has the con­fi­dence to take a wide step away from the rest of her peers, and this is a jaunt through hazy, clas­sic rock-in­spired, ethe­real, ma­jes­tic, hyp­notic, an­themic folky-pop, her voice float­ing like chif­fon across each in­trigu­ing track.

From the nearly 10-minute long mes­meris­ing Venice Beach, fill­ing your heart and soul with the warmth of a sun-dap­pled Cal­i­for­nian sun­set, to the melodic and ret­rosound­ing The Great­est and the haunt­ing Hope Is a Dan­ger­ous Thing for a Wo­man Like Me to Have – But I Have It, Del Rey proves de­trac­tors wrong. If she even has any.

IGGY POP

– FREE ★★★★★

FREE is a work of per­for­mance art. The tit­u­lar track, also the first sin­gle, is a short jazz-like piece with Pop pon­der­ing over the top. “I wanna be free” is both a long­ing phrase and a swift change from his last sound. There is a def­i­nite melan­choly run­ning through from be­gin­ning to end.

At times an al­most Bowie-es­que tone runs into the Beat­nik throng come lounge room croon that is the 2nd sin­gle James Bond.

The emo­tion in Pop’s vo­cals on Page as he cries over hu­man­ity and places him­self in the uni­verse as we move so far away from where we used to be. This is a crack­ing en­try in a 59-year ca­reer.

MILES DAVIS

– RUBBERBAND ★★★★★

RECORDED in

1985, it is per­haps the

Chief’s most mythol­o­gised

“lost” al­bum.

Ditched af­ter three months’ work by his record la­bel, Warner Bros, the tapes lan­guished in the archives. They have fi­nally been re­stored 28 years af­ter his death by Davis’s drum­mer nephew Vince Wil­burn Jr and orig­i­nal pro­duc­ers Randy Hall and At­tala Zane Giles. Lalah Hath­away, daughter of Donny, and Le­disi take the parts orig­i­nally writ­ten for Chaka Khan and Al Jar­reau.

Gems like the sus­pense­ful See I See and opener Rub­ber Band Of Life fea­ture a po­tent of low-swung rhythms and Davis’s twist­ing trum­pet runs. More than a cu­rio for die-hard fans.

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