ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA
The Original Movie Soundtrack (Warner)
IF you’ve not seen the film already, see it, but if you have enjoyed the genius of Alan Partridge’s big screen debut then you will already know what an important part the soundtrack plays.
It’s unsurprising given the story revolves around Partridge’s career as a local DJ and the music goes hand in hand with the cheesy reputation of such a character.
Some of music’s most OTT power ballads therefore are here including beauties such as Chicago’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry and John Farnham’s epic You’re The Voice, and the tune that has become THE song that people will walk away from the film talking about thanks to its use in the classic opening credits sequence – Roachford’s Cuddly Toy.
It is all interspersed with funny clips and intros from the film that works nicely and a real bonus is seven extra tracks that have become inextricably linked with the Alan Partridge TV series such as Steeleye Span’s Gaudete and Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger. (James Brindle)
GARAGE rock newcomers Drenge are brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless and together they create quite an exciting noise.
This debut LP is positively bursting with youthful enthusiasm and scuzzy, dirty rock guitar riffs that made the duo one of the most exciting new rock acts for years.
With the raw energy of The Libertines but a hard rock edge similar to the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age (Rory shares a deep, snarling vocal akin to Josh Homme), this pair effortlessly produce whipsmart, infectious songs that hugely impress.
It is hard to pick standouts as they are all similarly exciting, but People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck, I Wanna Break You In Half and Bloodsports are some of the most immediate. (James Brindle)
Zola Jesus and jg thirlwell ft mivos quartet
Versions (Sacred Bones)
VERSIONS is the new album by Nika Roza Danilova – aka Zola Jesus – and sees her hook up with experimental pioneer JG Thirlwell and the Mivos Quartet to reimagine nine classic Zola Jesus songs, as well as creating one brand new track.
At her best Zola has the ethereal quality of the likes of Bird York and Bat For Lashes, but sadly her songs are a bit limp and the string arrangements here don’t massively impress.
Still, when in the right mood, this has its moments. (James Brindle)
No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)
CREATIVE whizz Zach Saginaw, aka Shigeto, has produced an album of varying noises and instruments.
To be quite honest this sort of instrumental music goes completely over my head and had me longing for a traditional pop song.
At worst it sounds like that episode of Friends where Ross plays the keyboard and just makes random noises – but without the comic touch. (James Brindle)