IN&OUTTONIGHT REVIEWS 34 Monday, 5 October 2009 London Lite NERINA PALLOT is more famous for being dropped from her label and for co-writing Kylies new album than for her music. Heck, shes even more renowned for being pretty than she is for her music. Im not sure The Graduate will change this, despite it having plenty of good pop songs. The trouble is that Pallots voice is sweet and pleasing but lacks a distinct quality. The crafty When Did I Become Such A Bitch could be a hit but probably for someone else, while Human, smoky and sultry, is truly lovely but again lacks that indefinable magic. This is good but I doubt it will make her a star. PC REVIEWSMUSIC S O here it is -- master ver- sus apprentice, middle-aged innovator against callow disciple. Im not sure if these releases were co-ordinated but it wouldnt surprise me if mischievous Bernard Sumner, the former frontman of New Order (and before that, guitarist with Joy Division) had deliberately chosen to go head to head with the debut album from his new band against editors, one of the recent slew of bands to take the template of Joy Division and copy it almost slavishly. Perhaps almost inevita- bly, editors third album sees them making bold claims about a radical new direction. And its true, theyve dropped the cavernous Joy Division atmospherics, turned the guitars right down and piled on the icy synthesis- ers -- in other words theyve turned into a 21st-century New Order. except, of course, were New Order starting now they would sound utterly different -- their rest- less, creative, contrary, adventurous streak would ensure that. In This Light And On This evening is a good deal better than their last album, the depressingly derivative An end has A Start. If you ignore most of the lyrics (mainly faux-profound tosh such as I swear to God I heard the earth inhale moments before it spat down its rain on me, from the title track), there are some epic tunes here. Papillon, for instance, all out-of-the-stirrups synth figures, rol- licking drums and dolorous harmonies, benefits from its sim- plicity, a nifty chorus punch, It kicks like a sleep twitch! and a belting melody. There is a mid-album lull but eat raw Meat = Blood Drool, despite its unedify- ing title, achieves the not inconsiderable feat of sounding like Blancmange cover- ing The Monkees. Bernard Sumner, nicknamed Barney, meanwhile, having to work without the bass majesty of former bandmate Peter hook, also seeks solace in New Order, albeit the more guitar-based New Order of certain parts of 1983s Power, Corruption And Lies and 1986s Brotherhood. The difference, however, is that Sumner can still write a melody as sparkling as Sink Or Swim (the equal of any tune hes written for his old band) or as effortlessly elegant and moving as This Is home and he has no interest in profundity, fake or not. Some of the magic of New Order may have faded as they chased the big bucks but Never Cry Another Tear is a reminder that Sumner, at least, still knows where some of that stardust is. Young pretenders take note -- you need that magic in the first place. Barneybeats theneworder Passion: singer Charlie Waller of The Rumble Strips at Heaven LetsallgetreadytoRumble... THE BIG NOISE Editors InThisLightAndOnThisEvening(Sony,12.72) HHHII Bad Lieutenant NeverCryAnotherTear(TripleEcho,12.72) HHHHI PAUL CONNOLLY Melody maker: Bernard Sumner can still write sparkling tunes ELECTRONICA F*** Buttons TarotSport (ATP,10.76) HHHHI TheIr name may mean theyre unlikely to ever trouble radio 2, but this east London duo no doubt prefer it that way. Without having to play by anyone elses rules, theyre free to explore whatever strange musical territories they like, sometimes wandering right off the map. Like their debut, this is a richly textured record, full of the sort of music-box melodies and spooky tribal noises that could be the very sound of magic happening. But producer Andrew Weatherall has also added dance beats and rock build-ups worthy of Mogwai. The result is an album that takes in a vast expanse of different sounds, but, like the band, always feels like its moving forward. AMBER COWAN ITS usually the desperate cry of a PR when you hear: You have to see them live, then it all makes sense, about a band. With Mumford & Sons, part of the Laura Marling, Noah And The Whale axis, this is true -- live they are fantastic, as are most bands with fiddles and banjos. Thats not to say Sigh No More isnt very good, because it is. It just cant quite measure up to the fierceness of their live show. Awake My Soul, however, builds from ballad to stirring romp and Dust Bowl Dance meshes folky melodrama with swirling psychedelia. They may lack a killer song but this isnt a bad start. PC LIVE The Rumble Strips Heaven HHHHI CHRIS ROBERTS To order any CD reviewed, call The London Lite CD service on 01634 832789. All prices include P&P FOLK Mumford & Sons SighNoMore (Island,12.72) HHHHI POP Cerys Matthews DontLookDown (RainbowCity,11.74) HHHII CerYS MATTheWS is nothing if not distinctive. From the lantern jaw to that sweet Welsh voice and ambiguous relationship with fame (she cracked up at the height of Catatonias fame, went on Im A Celebrity... and started a romance with fellow contestant Marc Bannerman), shes one of these isles most appealing pop mavericks. her third solo album benefits from a sunlit production. Songs such as Arlington Way simply sashay from the speakers with an insouciance that lesser singers strive for. Yet its the lack of shadow and nuance that lets Dont Look Down a touch -- its a little too shiny and too many of the tunes are underfed. PC POP Nerina Pallot TheGraduate (Echo,11.74) HHHII WITh their second, summer-released album Welcome To The Walk Alone produced by Mark ronson and resplendent with strings and horns, this sparky five-piece might have anticipated pop crossover success by now. That hasnt happened, but its no mark of their merit. As they proved during this show, they may be just too sharp-edged, too genuinely soulful to placate the booming ersatz-soul market. Singer Charlie Waller has pitched them as a cross between Adam & The Ants and Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, but amid the blasts of baroque the clearest precedent, in terms of ambition and energy, was Dexys Midnight runners. Wallers voice was an impressive blend of passion and control as the band mixed tracks from the sleek new opus and their 2007 debut, Girls And Weather. The surges and hooks of Not The Only Person made for a likeable outsiders anthem while Daniel and London dovetailed high spirits with something more brooding and noir. Strangely, the tidy ballad Sweet heart hooligan prompted a rush for the bar, while some screechy spells of feedback went down a storm. The band, however, seem astute enough to know where their strengths sit long-term. It would be a pity if a desire to crowd- please prevented them getting more introspective and melancholy in future. As their concise, often thrilling set climaxed to audience euphoria, it was noticeable how far theyd swum from the safe, anodyne studio craft that ronson represents. This night revealed a band who know trumpets and saxes are cool because they soar, not because theyre shiny. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html