A polished performance from the Oysterband

A polished performance from the Oysterband

Oysterband This House Will Stand (Navigator)   Oysterband’s Ragged Kingdom collaboration with June Tabor got them last into these pages and one track from that remarkable disc makes it to this 2-CD compilation: their stripped back cover of Joy Division’s “Love will Tear us Apart.” I always think of Oysterband as a folk outfit, but […]

Bridget Jones returns (with baby)

Bridget Jones returns (with baby)

Bridget Jones’s Baby (dir. Sharon Maguire, cert. 15) might easily have been a mistake, and there’s plenty of old ground, but it’s still going to be an audience-pleaser after Bridget’s 12-year absence. In terms of modern sexual mores, it’s got a lot of innuendo – and plenty of outuendo too. In Mama Mia, there was […]

CD Choice: Gillian Frame – Pendulum

(Cheery Groove) The simple artwork is a hint of the economically-adorned music inside. Frame sings and plays fiddle, supported mainly by just Mike Vass and Anna Massie, who between them play guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola and vocals. Phil Hague’s percussion is an occasional visitor. What – on first impressions – is rather a basic folk […]

CD Choice: Santana – Santana IV

(Santana IV Records) Such a simple title, but it says so much. Of course this is not Santana’s fourth release – it is actually the 23rd – but it does reprise the original line-up for the first time in 45 years, when they recorded the platinum-selling Santana III before imploding with success. This reunion succeeds […]

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