Published On: Sun, Nov 12th, 2017

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: REM: Automated For The Folks


Automated For The Folks ★★★★★ 

(Craft Recordings, two disc field set) 

Reissued on its 25th anniversary, Automated For The Folks is each a joyful try to shake off the shackles of a regular guitar band and a critical meditation on love, mortality and fame. It exerts an astonishing grip, the complete 12-song set, together with the large hits Everyone Hurts, Man On The Moon and The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, a wonderfully programmed train in sublimely clever rock. The set additionally features a CD of a live performance carried out shortly after the recording, band photographs and an interesting booklet on the album’s making. 


Mama Earth ★★★★✩ 


An EP, coming in at simply over 30 minutes, Venture Mama Earth is a collaboration that includes Devon-based soul singer Joss Stone, ace Cameroon bassist Etienne M’Bappe and enigmatic guitarist Nitin Sawhney. That includes fi ve fantastically soulful vocal tracks mixing African-American funk and dream-like jazzy interludes, it might have disappeared in a cloud of religious right-on-ness. As an alternative it’s the fi nest factor Stone has completed since her 2003 debut, Soul Periods. 


She & I ★★★★✩ 


Found at a songwriting retreat by Present Of Palms frontman Steve Knightley, Kirsty Merryn is a New Forest-born folks singer and composer of extraordinary ability. Her authentic songs – significantly the opening The Pit & The Pugilist, Convey Up The Our bodies and An Night At Residence In Religious Seance – handle to conjure conventional folks ambiance however underpinned by all types of up to date indie touches within the accompaniment. There are shades of Lionheartera Kate Bush right here and there however Merryn is destined to be an enormous star in her personal proper. 


Requirements ★★★✩✩ 

(Decca/Virgin EMI) 

Seal appears joyfully reborn on these crooner favourites. The opening Luck Be A Girl is a swirl of swaggering angle and vitality, the vocalist gliding so simply up by means of the registers that, by the top, he’s merely toying together with his success. He’s equally fi ne on these Sinatra favourites They Can’t Take That Away From Me and I’m Starting To See The Mild. 


Jupiter Calling ★★★✩✩ 

(East West) 

As on its wonderful predecessor White Mild, The Corrs are in restlessly experimental temper right here, tracks like Chasing Shadows, with its jangle of guitars and swirl of childhood recollections, and the Coldplay-esque Butter Flutter, a joyful mix of jazz, folks and rock. There are just a few duff moments, the aptly-titled SOS for example, however The Corrs stay a continuing fascination. 

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