Wednesday 16 January 2019

Other albums released this week at a glance

Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott
Bear

Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott

2 STARS

Lott returns with her first album in three years, one she claims bears the influence of Motown. What we actually get is a middle ground of Bruno Mars and edgeless Winehouse. If Nasty sounds like Aguilera, it's because it once was. And therein lies the album's main issue, almost everything about it is second-hand. There's a voice there, it's just mired in cookie-cutter pop soul and "I will be strong" power ballads. The final brace of tracks - the more stripped back Leaving You and Cry and Smile (both co-written by the father of Pantera's "Dimebag" Darrell, fact fans) - best showcase her smoky vocals.

Bear In Heaven

Time Is Over One Day Old

4 STARS

Speaking about the making of this album, frontman Jon Philpot said they were "staking our claim in some ethereal place". Layers of woozy synths and lyrics like, "let the walls dissolve 'til there's no room at all", certainly do support that claim.

Early synth pioneers and Krautrock inform large chunks of the Brooklyn oufit's new material.

The bold drums and Philpot's silken drone on Autumn prove the spirit of Can is still alive and well.

While the tandem harmonies of Memory Heart are where the worlds of Fleet Foxes and Neu collide.

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