Album Reviews 17/07/09
Discovery - LP (XL) Take one member from both Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot and mix together.
The result should be intriguing, but this appalling side project comes across here as an ill-advised, electro-indie vanity project that does quite a disservice to both bands.
Perhaps the weakest album that the fine XL label has yet released, its nadir comes with a truly awful cover of The Jackson 5's I Want You Back. The King of Pop will be spinning in his grave. One of its few redeeming tracks is Osaka Loop Line, where you can sense the influence of both parent bands.
Burn it: Osaka Loop Line
Moby - Wait for Me (Mute)
Many people — this writer included — had written off the New York vegan on hearing his utterly uninspired last album. Foolish indeed.
Moby has returned with a ninth album that recalls the high watermark of Play — his 10 million-seller that's now a decade old. Like that album, this one showcases his prowess at creating gorgeous ambient music, flecked with judiciously chosen samples and vocals from a range of largely unknown singers.
An air of melancholy pervades Wait for Me, not least in the atmospheric instrumental opener Division and on Mistake — the only song that feature's Moby's raw, if limited, vocals.
Burn it: Mistake; Division
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Gurrumul (Skinny Fish)
The Aboriginal singer, blind since birth, has become a sensation in his native land where this album has shifted 100,000 copies. Reports of his live shows suggest a quite brilliant performer — certainly, his appearance on Jools Holland's BBC show will live long in the memory.
Singing in three different dialects — and never in English — his voice is a thing of profound wonder. Apparently the tracks constitute his interpretation of songs and ideas that have passed down through the generations of his tribe, and he does so with some elan.
But have Geoffrey's talents been watered down and Westernised in the studio? I can't help but think so.
Burn it: Marrandil