THE JOY FORMIDABLE
Wolf’s Law (Atlantic Records)
WELSH rockers The Joy Formidable have a lot to live up to on their second album after the relatively big success of debut The Big Roar which saw them garner praise from none other than rock music legend Dave Grohl. They don’t quite hit the same heights Wolf’s Law. It is certainly as loud as their debut but there is more bluster here than before with a killer chorus really lacking throughout. Opener This Ladder Is Ours really sums up the problem. It boats a killer guitar riff but lyrics and song structure really fall by the wayside. There is fun to be had, with Little Blimp a highlight, but there is nothing of the same quality as the brilliant Whirring and I Don’t Want To See You Like This from their debut. (James Brindle)
THE LOUIS LESTER BAND
Dancing On The Edge OST (Decca)
THIS soundtrack to the upcoming five-part BBC TV series Dancing On The Edge written by the acclaimed Stephen Poliakoff gives a real indication of in what era the drama will be set. It is 23 songs of toe-tapping big band and blues music straight out of the 1930’s played with real gusto and fun by The Louis Lester Band fronted by terrifically powerful and sassy singers in the show Jessie (played by Angel Coulby) and Carla (played by Wunmi Mosaku). There is an air of quality that you would associate with anything with Poliakoff’s touch and suggest’s the show may be worth a look when it airs in our screen’s next month with a cast including the likes of Hollywood stars John Goodman and Chiwetel Ejiofor. (James Brindle)
Call The Midwife - The Album (Demon Music Group)
THIS vintage midwife series returned to our screens at the weekend and hot on its heels is this double album of music from the show.
As you might expect, the opening track is the theme music for the series but this is quickly followed by hit after hit of swing, jazz and big band classics.
The superb string accompaniments which you pay very little attention to when watching the show are also scattered throughout the album and its only now when you listen to the music without the visual distraction that you appreciate the exceptional quality of these pieces.
There are tracks on the album which you are bound to recognise including Catch a falling Star, Shangri-La and Elvis Presley’s Blue Moon making this a catchy album whether or not you are a fan of the show. (Stephen Sinfield)
Tales Of Flying And Falling (Nusic Sounds/EMI)
BEN Montague seems to have been around a good while, making the Radio Two playlist and performing on BBC Breakfast over the last 12 months. However, Montague is only just releasing his debut album and it is fair to say there are no surprises on offer. Fans of his inoffensive style of radio-friendly pop-rock will lap it up but there really is nothing new or memorable about Montague’s sound. Single Love Like Stars stands out slightly with its polished production and catchy chorus but there is nothing on here that will live long in the memory. (James Brindle)