The Arctic Monkeys new album Humbug officially debuted at number one on the UK charts this week making it the band’s third album to do so. Trying to follow up the success of 2007’s Favorite Worst Nightmare, the band went out into the American west to record with Queens of the Stoneage frontman Josh Homme in search of a new sound. Loosing none of their trademark cynicism or wit, the band slows down their tempo and brings up the low end crunch to create a powerhouse new album where lead singer Alex Turner abandons his snarky British punkboy voice to become what PopMatters’ Emily Tartanella calls “a husky voiced crooner”.
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Let us put aside for a moment, the media hoopla that has surrounded Courtney Love over the last 15 or so years, hard as that may be, and let us consider some of the bold musical splendour on display in her band, Hole’s, first label outing, Pretty on the Inside.
From the very first song, Love who leads the band with her lacerating tongue yelps, that “when she was a teenage whore”, how her mother confronted her, to which, she responded that she “wanted it” because “she was so alone”—in turn, forcing riot grrls everywhere, to question the relationship between youth, abuse, and sexual practice. Especially unique here is how Love and her cohorts managed to capture a sense of unapologetic, alienated female angst. When Love screeches, “I’ve seen your repulsion, and it looks good on you”, and confronts her mother, about “what she put [her] through”—one cannot help but feel compelled by the lead singer’s character. From the outset, it is obvious that Love is yearning for public attention, craving it at whatever expense, in a sense, to erase the deep-set wounds that have marred her upbringing.
The Death of Bunny Munro
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PopMatters praised Dirty Projector’s latest album, Bitte Orca, this past June and slapped an 8 on the Brooklyn band’s latest opus. Matt Fiander said of album opener and the song the group played last night on Letterman, “Quite a communal statement to start the record, but it sets the tone for an album that does, unsurprisingly, make you work to figure it out, but while you’re doing that you’re also dancing, smiling, even laughing. In other words, you are feeling this music throughout.”
In a not-too-distant future, machines are powered by an invention called the Great Machine have turned on humans, causing turmoil within human society. As a result, the human population has dwindled, and the machines were shut down. However, as the world collapses, a scientist gives life to nine creations in an attempt to revitalize civilization. These creations have survived the end of the human world and are given the task of working together and taking advantage of their collective attributes in order to battle the leftover machines, one of which is a massive beast.
9 is an animated film, and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Tom Kane and Alan Oppenheimer.
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