SOUND JUDGE­MENT

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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JOHN LEG­END A LEG­ENDARY CHRIST­MAS ★★★★★

FROM the very first note you can tell this is go­ing to be a modern clas­sic Christ­mas al­bum... What Christ­mas Means To Me even has Ste­vie Won­der on har­mon­ica – talk about start­ing strong!

Sil­ver Bells is equally as great, and it makes you won­der why it has taken so long for the mul­ti­plat­inum singer-song­writer to record these clas­sic tracks. The up­beat funk­i­ness of the first two tracks drops with a smooth and jazzy Have Your­self A Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas fea­tur­ing singer and bassist Esper­anza Spalding and this con­tin­ues with the rich and bluesy Merry Christ­mas Baby. The whole tin­sel-strewn af­fair is rounded off with a bouncy and fun ren­di­tion of Merry Merry Christ­mas.

THOM YORK

SUS­PIRIA ★★★★★

BROOD­ING, dis­con­nected, an ever-present sense of dread and para­noia... it’s easy to see why Luca Guadagnino, the Ital­ian di­rec­tor be­hind the new re­make of 1977 hor­ror clas­sic Sus­piria, wanted Thom Yorke to write the sound­track. The 23-track al­bum – the Ra­dio­head singer’s first full film score – fea­tures some in­sanely beau­ti­ful songs. Open Again is a smoth­er­ing slow-roller en­veloped by swirling de­lay loops, while Un­made – a frag­ile falsetto pi­ano bal­lad that shat­ters into tiny frag­ments – could eas­ily have made it on to a Ra­dio­head record.

AN­DREA BOCELLI

SI ★★★★★

THIS new al­bum re­minds the lis­tener that the Ital­ian singer’s voice is as beau­ti­ful and as pow­er­ful as ever.

What makes this record ex­cit­ing is Bocelli’s work with a range of artists. Fall On Me, a duet with his son Mat­teo, is a mov­ing piece, sim­i­larly, Bocelli’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ed Sheeran seam­lessly blends the voices and styles. Other pair­ings are less suc­cess­ful. Dua Lipa is drowned out by Bocelli and, while Raphael Gualazzi’s pi­ano ac­com­pa­ni­ment is im­pres­sive on Ver­tigo, his style seems to clash with Bocelli’s vo­cals. On the whole Si is beau­ti­fully clas­sic: sim­ple, yet as­ton­ish­ing. Per­haps just a few of those col­lab­o­ra­tions could have been solo ef­forts.

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