We trust you’ve had your fill of Easter and are now settling down to read this with belly full of chocolate and mind full of tales of men on crosses, caves and Mel Gibson’s idea of what it all means. But, dear reader, it’s the fiery depths of hell for our three brave entrants from last week as Erykah Badu and Dum Dum Girls both missed the top 40 on the album charts and, most surprisingly, The Drums did the same on the singles chart. All this despite blanket music press coverage and the fact that ‘Best Friend’ is literally a million times better than the current UK bestseller (we can’t bring ourselves to mention them here, so if you do wish to know who we’re on about then pop over to google and do some searching yourselves). Anyway, force down another Wispa bar and read this…
All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu by Rufus Wainwright
Not, as the title might suggest, a homage to the short, flame-haired Scottish singer, but instead a tribute to the death of his own alter-ego and the death of his beloved mother (it says something about Rufus Wainwright that those two things should be mourned on the same album, but there you are). Gone are the orchestral flights of fancy and instead it’s just Wainwright, his piano and his musings on family (‘Martha’), America (‘Who Are You New York?’) and the loss of his mother, who died shortly after the album was completed but who Wainwright was already mourning. There are also three Shakespeare sonnets put to music, which should push the pretentious quota off the scale but somehow he manages to pull it off.
BORROW THIS FROM SOMEONE KOOKY
Volume Two by She & Him
Zooey Deschanel is one of the most beautiful women on the planet and the mere mention of her name causes young men of a certain age to stop breathing and collapse in a heap of corduroy and plaid. With M.Ward she’s managed to carve out a successful music career to go alongside her acting one and this second volume of songs is as lightweight, breezy and downright cute as the first one. Don’t buy it expecting searing emotional terrain or ear-bleeding noise, but do buy it if you’re feeling a bit bummed and, like, you know, just a bit ‘meh’.
‘Radar Detector’ by Darwin Deez
On the surface there’s much to hate about Darwin Deez. For one, his hair is appalling, a strange mix of corkscrew perm and footballer’s hair band and for two, this song is so naggingly catchy you might need therapy to have it removed from your brain. But, we’re here to celebrate music and this is music and it’s mindless but it’s fun and sometimes, especially at Easter, that’s all that matters.