Last week we gave you three, yes three, album options. Given the current economic climate, factoring in the weather and the fact that we’ve no doubt you had a lot of presents to buy this month, we understand that sales weren’t exactly brisk. We’re happy to report though, that The xx outsold both Jay Reatard (he was nowhere, frankly) and Simian Mobile Disco, who snuck in at no. 39. So, where did these cherubic young scamps enter? No. 36. That’s not bad given the state of radio these days. We went to see them play a gig in a shop the other week and one of Musick’s closest friend said they reminded them of Faithless. That, dear reader, is what alcohol can do.
Humbug by Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkey’s have clearly decided they don’t want to share fans with Oasis. This is all well and good, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow your hair long, dress like Led Zeppelin and use a frankly abysmal picture as your album cover. BUT, everything else about this third album is very good indeed, from the innuendo of ‘My Propeller’ to the deceptively catchy ‘Crying Lightning’ to the career-high of ‘Cornerstone’. Josh Homme doesn’t mess with the sound too much, just gives them some muscle and and that sense of foreboding that QOTSA are so good at.
BORROW THIS AND ENJOY IT BRIEFLY
I’m Going Away by The Fiery Furnaces
We always get excited about a new Fiery Furnaces album coming out. Then we get it, listen to it once, maybe twice, then leave it to gather dust in a pile sandwiched between the first Arcade Fire album and a mix CD entitled ‘Songs everyone says they love but don’t actually listen to’. So it is with I’m Going Away, which despite being their best in a long while, is still too twitchy and frustrating to be really pleasurable.
‘I’ll Be With You’ by Lumina
This is a cover of a Black Lips song that appears on the b-side to another Black Lips song. It’s by Lumina who are Faris Badwan from The Horrors and Cherish Kaye who used to be in Ipso Facto. Unsurprisingly, it’s an atmospheric, drip-feed dirge with Badwan taking the lead vocal and Kaye offering some haunting backing. Do not listen to this in a darkened room or at work. If, however, you’re feeling quite chipper and are sure that nothing can dampen your spirits then click here.