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CAR­PEN­TERS Car­pen­ters with the Royal Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra

THE Car­pen­ters’ great­est pop mas­ter­pieces have been reimag­ined with Richard Car­pen­ter con­duct­ing his own new ar­range­ments along with his late sis­ter Karen’s im­mor­tal vo­cals. Richard also acted as the al­bum’s pro­ducer and ar­ranger, and his in­volve­ment in ev­ery sin­gle piece is dis­tinct.

There have been a swathe of RPO col­lab­o­ra­tions lately, in­clud­ing with Roy Or­bi­son and The Beach Boys, but this one stands head and shoul­ders above the lot, thanks to the artist him­self hav­ing a key role in the process.

THE 1975 A Brief In­quiry Into On­line Re­la­tion­ships

THE 1975 have lost their am­bi­ent indie rock vibe that was the heart of their first al­bum, shed the ridicu­lous over-the-top pop sound of their sec­ond, seem­ingly got ev­ery­thing that they needed to out of their sys­tem, and left some­thing com­pletely new in the em­bers.

The 1975 have ob­vi­ously been ex­per­i­ment­ing, and as re­flected in the ti­tle, the mu­sic and lyrics are heav­ily in­flu­enced by the dig­i­tal age. They’re still the heav­ily at­mo­spheric mash-up of pop and indie, but it is ev­i­dent that they have al­tered their sound and played with new tech­nol­ogy. How­ever, the most strik­ing thing about this is the lyri­cal con­tent. Matty Healy is a truth­ful and as­tute song­writer. This al­bum is big, hon­est and rev­o­lu­tion­ary, just like its sub­ject mat­ter.


CLEAN Ban­dit have mor­phed into the UK’S dom­i­nant power in Latin-in­spired pop hits. That worked well, with Rather Be , fea­tur­ing Jess Glynne, spend­ing four weeks at num­ber one. But then their at­ten­tions turned to Latin pop and wa­tered-down dance­hall.

What Is Love? sees them fol­low this to its nat­u­ral con­clu­sion, and it’s not a road you will want to travel with them. Over 12 tracks, it be­comes clear that songs which sounded per­fectly ser­vice­able as sin­gles cloy when heard to­gether. They re­veal an ap­proach that’s at best pre­dictable, at worst for­mu­laic.

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