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10 Songs: Friday, May 13th, 2016

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1 – All For One – The Stone Roses – A beauty of a track and the real second coming, more Ladchester than Madchester but still, it seems to add the DNA of Stone Roses to Oasis and Primal Scream – B+

2 – Bus Stop – The Hollies – In the shadow of tomorrow’s Graham Nash gig at the Town Hall, I saw Graham Gouldman perform this live a coupla years ago and it remains the equal of a Goffin-King masterpiece – A+

3 – Real New York – Homeboy Sandman – Local lad (by which I mean Queens), speed rap ala Twister but with undertow and hook syllabelling – B+

4 – Take Me To The Alley – Gregory Porter – Jazz soul, not crazy about the song – B-

5 – To Be Young (Is Ti Be Sad Is To Get High) – Ryan Adams – Notice how much it borrows from the Stones version of “Prodigal Son” – A

6 – Harem Holiday – Elvis Presley – Where is the damn song? – C-

7 – Maggie’s Farm – Mountain Heart – Sped up, bluegrass communal singalong – B+

8 – Le Nozze De Figaro – Pumeza Natsukashi – Some mozart for you pop pickers – B+

9 – La Paloma – Pumeza Natsukashi – Perfect on its own but also a correlative to and a commentary on Presley’s version, as though it moves it back in context and yet also smiles beneficently on Presley’s sublime take – A-

10 – GLOWED UP – KAYTRANADA – Featuring Anderson Paak, who sounds like Paak though the drums own it -since Paak is a drummer, I wonder if he is playing them? – B

 

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