Five new albums we love

By ShinyMedia on October 2nd, 2006 1 comment

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5 THE LETTING GO – BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY

After the disappointment of The Brave and the Bold, Will Oldham’s recent collaboration with Tortoise (of whom more below), The Letting Go is a return to the confident form of 2003′s Master and Everyone. Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables) provides wonderfully intimate backing vocals throughout. The perfect autumn album, best listened to whilst drinking whisky in front of a roaring log fire. BUY IT

5 GREAT NEW ALBUMS YOU SHOULD OWN CONTINUED…

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4 A LAZARUS TAXON – TORTOISE

A Lazarus Taxon compiles, over the course of three CDs and a DVD, Tortoise’s non-LP output, which is, strangely, better than their LP stuff. You can’t lock Tortoise in a pigeonhole, so if you’ve not heard their stuff, or you’ve been put off by words like ‘experimental’, ‘jazz-rock’ and ‘avant-garde’, then don’t worry – this is very good shit. BUY IT

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3 GAME THEORY – THE ROOTS

Raw, straight-up hip-hop, and probably The Roots’ best album. It’s also the group’s first long-player for Def Jam, and if they’ve put extra effort in, then it shows. So much modern hip-hop and rap is overproduced, underthought rubbish, but this is for real. The best hip-hop album of the year, no diggity. BUY IT

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2 THE INFORMATION – BECK

We used to love Beck, and for a while he could do no wrong (The Mellow Gold, Odelay, Mutations period). Then he went a bit, well, shit. Guero was alright in patches, Sea Change was dreary and lifeless and Midnite Vultures was a misjudged mish-mash, Beck’s own Black Album. The Information is a cliched return to form, thanks in part to the wonderful production of Beck stalwart Nigel Godrich. Most of all, it sounds like Beck is having fun again, and that’s why we loved him in the first place. BUY IT


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1 FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS JUSTIN TROUSERSNAKE TIMBERLAKE

He’s back and he’s hornier than a Viagra-spiked unicorn. Superstar producer Timbaland ensures that Mr JT easily hangs onto his ‘Undisputed King of Pop’ crown. He really is streets ahead of the competition. Terrible title though – almost as bad as Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. BUY IT

  • Ash

    Don’t forget Ole Tarantula by Robyn Hitchcock and various members of REM. Perfect for that autumnal psychedelic vibe




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