SOUND JUDGE­MENT

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

Uxbridge Gazette - - Sound Out -

JOOLS HOL­LAND AND MARC AL­MOND –

A LOVELY LIFE TO LIVE ★★★★★ JOOLS HOL­LAND and Marc Al­mond have de­liv­ered big band-backed num­bers, a hand­ful of cov­ers – in­clud­ing a jazzy ver­sion of Tainted Love – and a smat­ter­ing of orig­i­nal tracks, each fol­low­ing that tried and tested jazz/blues for­mula.

Ev­ery new song sounds in­stantly fa­mil­iar and Al­mond’s charm­ingly dis­tinc­tive vo­cal adds a slightly edgier vibe to the record.

Their re­worked take on Tainted Love in­stantly makes you won­der if the track was writ­ten to be a jazz num­ber in the first place, and Al­mond truly shines on Edith Piaf’s Hymne A L’Amour.

I Lost My City, an orig­i­nal song about the duo’s love af­fair with Lon­don, is for­mu­laic but on point. You can prac­ti­cally smell the cig­a­rette smoke and whiskey in an old jazz and blues bar in the Down­town of some­where or other.

BAUHAUS –

THE BELA SES­SION EP ★★★★★ BAUHAUS could have been post-punk Bowie wannabes rather than Goth god­fa­thers were it not for Bela Lu­gosi’s Dead. Now The Bela Ses­sions sees the orig­i­nal back on vinyl for the first time in more than 30 years plus un­re­leased tracks from their first record­ing ses­sion in early 1979.

The lead track still sounds mas­sive, dub ef­fects around a bassline while Peter Mur­phy sings de­vo­tions to ev­ery­one’s favourite Drac­ula. Es­sen­tial if you don’t al­ready have it in your col­lec­tion.

FLEET­WOOD MAC –

50 YEARS – DON’T STOP ★★★★★ IF ever there was a trip down mem­ory lane, Fleet­wood Mac’s 50 Years – Don’t Stop is the ul­ti­mate jour­ney. The 50-track, 3-CD al­bum takes you from the be­gin­ning of their mu­si­cal jour­ney right through to their later hits.

Tracks like Need Your Love So Bad are a re­minder of the orig­i­nal blues sounds that de­fined them and within a few tracks you’re mov­ing to­wards their rock sound and crowd-pleasers like Go Your Own Way and Lit­tle Lies that hold their own against any other hits on the cur­rent mar­ket.

With a UK tour next year it’s a pity they can’t play ev­ery song on this com­pi­la­tion.

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