LIVE REVIEW: Goldfrapp

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Camden Roundhouse

WHEN: 27/3

SETLIST: Utopia; Lovely Head; Anymore; Train; Ocean; Moon In Your Mouth; You Never Know; Dreaming; Slide In; Everything Is Never Enough; Become The One; Systemagic; Number One; Ride A White Horse; Black Cherry; Shiny and Warm; Ooh La La; Strict Machine

Goldfrapp last played in London when they headlined an Albert Hall gig in November 2014 and were joined onstage by kindred spirit John Grant to close the book on their downbeat, cinematic and folky Tales Of Us album.

  • Read on for reasons including what new album Silver Eye sounds like

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ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure by John Grant

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 9/10

Tracklist: Intro; Grey Tickles, Black Pressure; Snug Slacks; Guess How I Know; You and Him; Down Here; Voodoo Doll; Global Warming; Magma Arrives; Black Blizzard; Disappointing; No More Tangles; Geraldine; Outro.

John Grant’s third album is not out until Friday but we’ve had a sneak preview and can give you the lowdown here.

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PREVIEW: 8 reasons to be excited about October

  1. New Hurts album Surrender

Hurts’ third album Surrender is out 9/10 and includes singles Lights (YouTube clip above, and Hurts’ best single since Wonderful Life) and Some Kind Of Heaven. We’ve also heard tracks Rolling StoneSlow, Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us, Weight Of The World and the title track and saw the band for the tenth time at their last UK gig at the Scala in June. We’d imagine this album would be their best because it’s the most pop. They play Brixton Academy in February. Tickets here.

  • Read on for reasons 2-8 including Medea, Years and Years, Teddy Ferrara, John Grant and Jeremy Hardy

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5 things we know about next John Grant album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

  1. Lead track Disappointing is more pop than anything on Pale Green Ghosts

Does anyone have a better taste in female duet partners? We saw Grant three times last year: Glastonbury, Royal Festival Hall and duetting with Alison Goldfrapp at the Albert Hall. Sinead O’Connor appeared on last proper album Pale Green Ghosts and here former Everything But The Girl star Thorn is duetting (see YouTube clip above) on gorgeous lines like: ‘Francis Bacon, the Dolomites, ballet dancers with or without tights, Central Park on an autumn day, always stunning and never cliche.’ And if that sounds too Vogue Madonna, the chorus reverts to type (‘All these things, they’re just Disappointing …’) until the O’Connor-esque payoff (‘… compared to you.’) Musically, it’s a return to the jauntier elements of breakthrough Queen of Denmark album.

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