Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cds of the Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cds of the Week

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POP

Robbie Williams Intensive Care (EMI)

Robbie Williams's personal charisma has never quite made it onto his albums.

Intensive Care is no different - although it's no disgrace. Particular highlights are the pumping Your Gay Friend, The Trouble with Me and Random Acts of Kindness. While his charm will never transfer to his music, Spread Your Wings and the sunny, reggaefied Tripping come close. The cod-grandiose Advertising Space is Angels-lite, however, and he hijacks the riff from The Rolling Stones's Brown Sugar for A Place to Crash to prove how unconvincing a rocker he is. No classic then, but if it keeps him off the streets and stops him doing another swing album, everybody wins. John Aizlewood (3/5)

David McAlmont Set One: You Go to My Head (Blue Port) After failing to reawaken his successful partnership with Suede's Bernard Butler, flamboyant singer David McAlmont has retreated to the safety of the standards his mother always wanted him to sing. The 12 tracks on Set One represent the first part of a three-year project to rerecord 49 classics in his luxuriant falsetto. Backed by minimal piano, bass and drums (and nothing at all on One for My Baby), his pop sensibilities have all but disappeared in favour of smouldering jazz. Under My Skin features a spritely bossa nova beat, but apart from that, this is a languorous collection for sleepless nights. David Smyth (3/5)

Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary (Sub Pop)

This confident new band come from Montreal, home to Arcade Fire and any number of bright young things. They use guitars, keyboards and electronic noises to weave layers of melody over thumping drums.

The most distinctive feature by far are the vocals of Dan Boekner and Spencer Krug, who function on roughly alternate songs in multitracked moods ranging from faintly disturbed to demented. …

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