Musical Revelations Of The Week:
B.C. Camplight – ‘Blink Of A Nihilist‘ – Like Ben Folds fronting the Beach Boys. Don’t think I need to say anymore because in what universe does that not sound like a great thing?
Crowded House – ‘Time On Earth‘ – Unlike most ‘reformed’ albums, this is bloody great. Having received the spangly CD/DVD edition, I’ve given it a more thorough listen and it is a really strong collection of tunes. Like much of Neil Finn‘s songwriting, it takes a few listens before it starts to reveal its full charms, but once it does there’s plenty to get excited about. ‘Don’t Stop Now‘ is reasonably representative, in the sense that it sounds very much like Crowded House, but there are a number of less conventional tracks towards the end of the album that ensure things are interesting until the last notes are played. Plus, it made me dig out the Finn Brothers‘ ‘Everyone Is Here‘, which is another great album.
The Thick Of It – Due to a combination of a shite DVD recorder and a briefly hectic social life, I never managed to see all of the first part of the two-hour special when it was first show in January. Thankfully, it was repeated this week in preparation for the debut of the concluding part on BBC4. Both episodes were laugh-out-loud hilarious and, while not surprising for a show with a ‘swearing consultant’, the expletives were beautifully executed. My favourite bit involved Malcolm talking about downloading rice. I won’t try to quote it as it’ll never managed to be as funny as the real thing.
Catherine Tate in Dr Who – She’ll be his regular compadre for the next series. And it was all going so well.
Summer – I used to console myself with the fact that although I was suffering with nuclear hayfever, at least it was sunny outside. Yet this week I have had chronic symptoms and it’s barely stopped raining. Exactly how is that fair? Some nice weather would be appreciated. That said, the current weather does make for ideal playing conditions for ‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen.’ Every cloud, and all that…