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THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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PAUL MCCART­NEY

EGYPT STA­TION

★★★★★

EVEN though Sir Paul McCart­ney has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to prove, on Egypt

Sta­tion he some­times sounds like an older mu­si­cian ea­ger to com­pete with the young bucks.

Fuh You, in par­tic­u­lar, a shame­lessly up­beat party-starter, wouldn’t sound out of place be­ing de­liv­ered by Ge­orge Ezra. The al­bum’s best mo­ments, how­ever, come when he sticks to what he knows best: the de­scend­ing chord struc­ture of Domi­noes and wist­ful lyrics of Con­fi­dante are vin­tage Macca, and demon­strate his un­par­al­leled ear for the sweet­est of melodies. But even when he does tend to­wards the self-in­dul­gent, af­ter 50-odd years as one of the most influentia­l artists in the busi­ness he’s earned a lit­tle in­dul­gence.

PAUL SI­MON

IN THE BLUE LIGHT

★★★★★

PAUL Si­mon has breathed new life into 10 of his favourite songs from his ex­ten­sive back cat­a­logue.

Some of the new ver­sions have such wildly dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments they take on new char­ac­ter traits and are al­most new songs in their own right. A com­fort­ing source of fa­mil­iar­ity comes from Si­mon’s un­mis­tak­able, near-spo­ken vo­cals. While still strong af­ter all these years, they have sub­tly aged to add to the re­flec­tive mood of this al­bum.

LENNY KRAVITZ

RAISE VIBRATION

★★★★★

CON­TRARY to pop­u­lar be­lief and med­i­cal sci­ence, David Bowie and Prince did not ac­tu­ally die in the Great Tal­ent Cull of 2016.

They have, in­stead, been locked away in Lenny Kravitz’s base­ment to col­lab­o­rate on Raise Vibration, his 11th full-length al­bum.

The duo’s in­flu­ence is no more keenly felt than on Who Re­ally Are The Mon­sters?, a hy­brid of their re­spec­tive Fame and New Power Gen­er­a­tion eras that sets the tone for the rest of the record.

Raise Vibration is clas­sic Kravitz – funk, blues and power chords. There are a cou­ple of dud turns (Here To Love and Johnny Cash do not sit kindly) but the record – all 60-plus min­utes of it – will please those al­ready fa­mil­iar both with his work and that of Kravitz’s idols.

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