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The xx 'xx'
A review of the album xx by The xx Review Snapshot: This is a seductive, atmospheric affair tailor made for late nights, long stares and languid dancing. The Cluas Verdict? 8 out of 10 Full Review: Long player debutantes The xx are a quartet of 19/20 year old Londoners who’ve found themselves at the business end of some serious hype in recent months. Such levels of expectation in print media and across the blogosphere are rarely satisfied, refreshing then that an album which excels in the art of understatement, should do the trick. Instrumental opener ‘Intro’ gives way to a pop couplet of VCR and Crystalise. Smiley teenage anthems of flawless orthodontistry and sunkissed complexions they may not be, but in The xx world of 80s noir, they’re sure to be top of the pops. The shrugged shoulder slur of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s vocals is nothing short of intoxicating and lends an added intensity to their tales of teenage attr... [Read on]
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Julie Feeney 'Pages'
A review of the album Pages by Julie Feeney Review Snapshot: There isn't an artist quite like Julie Feeney at work in Ireland today, her music is at once eccentric, grounded, cheeky and vulnerable. Having snatched the inaugural Choice Music Prize in 2005, 'Pages' may see her be the first to do the double. The Cluas Verdict?  9 out of 10 Full Review: Reading the liner notes of Julie Feeney's second album 'Pages' will likely have you questioning just what the hell you've been doing with your time.  Finally managing to clean out the shed or alphabetise your CD collection can't help but pale in comparison to writing, composing, orchestrating, conducting, producing and performing your own album. Even if the end result was less than brilliant, you'd have to admire Feeney's efforts, but this is a record of sparkling innovation and excitement. Feeney's voice is as dextrous and beautifully textured as on her debut and i... [Read on]
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We Were Promised Jetpacks 'These Four Walls'
A review of the album These Four Walls by We Were Promised Jetpacks Review Snapshot: A confident statement of intent from this Edinburgh four piece who are staunch in their sound and endearing in its execution. They don’t always hit the highs they’re aiming for but there are clear indicators that they’ll reach them in time. The Cluas Verdict? 6.5 out of 10 Full Review: We Were Promised Jetpacks are not a band you’d mess with lightly. Pale-faced indie kids with lilied livers they most certainly are not. Opening track ‘It’s Thunder and it’s Lightning’ nails their colours firmly to the mast as a solid, energetic and forceful foursome intent on blowing away the competition. From the off there’s an honesty to frontman Adam Thompson’s vocals that draws you in, just like label mates and fellow countrymen ‘The Twilight Sad’ and ‘Frightened Rabbit’ the Scottish brogue certainly helps but t... [Read on]
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White Lies 'To Lose My Life'
A review of the album To Lose My Life by White Lies Review Snapshot: With echoes of Interpol, Echo and The Bunnymen, Editors and more White Lies emerge from the ashes of ‘Fear of Flying’ with a confident yet underwhelming debut. If they can just shake off the shadow of their influences their music will be all the better for it. The Cluas Verdict? 5 out of 10 Full Review: So the country’s goosed, the Celtic Tiger’s ambling listlessly around a home for the bewildered and we’re all frantically padding out our mattresses with what few doubloons we’ve salvaged from the wreckage. If you turn to music at times like these either to wallow or to forget, then avoid this debut album from White Lies. You’ll find neither solace nor distraction just ten songs that all sound vaguely alike, derivative and dull. ‘To Lose My Life’ gets underway with what has the bare bones of a decent single. The thumping drum and bass lines of... [Read on]
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Antony and The Johnsons 'The Crying Light'
A review of the album The Crying Light by Antony and The Johnsons Review Snapshot:The spine tingling vibrato remains very much in evidence and the bruised and broken hearts that found refuge in ‘I Am Bird Now’ are bathed in ‘The Crying Light’. However those with high hopes for this record may feel a little short changed as great intentions are oft hinted at but not always realised. Nonetheless there aren’t many artists at work right now that stir the soul and make it sing quite like these guys do. The Cluas Verdict? 7.5 out of 10 Full Review: Antony Hegarty is most certainly a card carrying member of the MVC (Marmite Vocals Club) and along with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Bob Dylan and Will Oldham (among others) is adored and abhorred in equal measure for his somewhat idiosyncratic vocal style. Column inches are written about it and many heated exchanges between friends fuelled by it to such an extent that it threatens to overshadow what... [Read on]
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Electric Picnic Day Three (live in Stradbally, Co. Laois) Review Snapshot: In terms of giving Electric Picnic Sunday a mark out of ten overall, I went with a 9….but the festival itself was more than the sum of its parts and as tents got packed away until next year and showers of a near transcendental nature were taken it’s fair to say that Electric Picnic 2008 ranks among the best.  The Cluas Verdict? 9 out of 10 Full Review:Day three of Electric Picnic began with a rude awakening of sorts, namely 130dBs or so of My Bloody Valentine’s sound check causing much of the Charlie Chaplin campsite (located directly behind the Electric Arena) to shoot bolt upright, from sleep to wake in a time Usain Bolt would be proud of! Still, it was a handy reminder not to forget the earplugs for later in the day. Feeling every so slightly delicate following the previous evening’s excesses, a seat in the sun with some soul was just wha... [Read on]
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Electric Picnic, Day Two (Stradbally, Co. Laois) Review Snapshot: Good weather, good friends and good music all mix together to create almost the perfect festival Saturday. The Cluas Verdict? 8 out of 10 Full Review: As 2007 drew to a close, Cathy Davey’s second album ‘Tales of Silversleeve’ was opening doors and cementing her reputation as one of Ireland’s most talented emerging songwriters. Given that her songs have been played off the radio, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to expect a good crowd for her mid-afternoon slot in the Crawdaddy tent, but having to close it before she even took to the stage must surely have been beyond her wildest expectations – even Guy Garvey and the rest of Elbow couldn’t wangle their way in. ‘The Collector’ and ‘Reuben’ opened the set and got the crowd dancing straight away. On occasion Davey’s aspirate vocal can get lost in a live setting but not today, she w... [Read on]
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Electric Picnic, Day 1 (Stradbally, Co. Laois) Review Snapshot:  A long yet rewarding first day of Electric Picnic highlighted the huge differences between the Irish new and old guards and everything from pies, ticker tape and Icelandic orchestral manoeuvers in the dark in between. The Cluas Verdict? 7.5 out of 10 Full Review: After an early start, repeated to-ing and fro-ing from car to campsite and prolonged tent pitching – it seems the term ‘four man tent’ refers to how many people it takes to erect the tent as opposed to how many people fit in it – Electric Picnic, day one, kicked off with an invitation to a mass orgy at the main stage from Ronan Ó Snodaigh of Kíla, “We’ve got 50 minutes to make love to you” and with that we were off. Despite a relatively early slot at 4.30pm, Kíla pulled a large crowd and set about getting the party started. There were Brazilian carnival dan... [Read on]
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