ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Coup De Grace 4/5
A key member of Arctic Monkey Alex Turner’s spin-off group The Last Shadow Puppets, Kane is a fine guitarist and even better singer.
On this third solo album he generates more excitement and demonstrates more genuine invention than the Arctics have achieved in a long while.
Built over the sort of muffled thump that underpinned a hundred glam-rock singles, Cry On My Guitar is an almost perfect homage to T-Rex but also manages to name-check The Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz.
Loaded, meanwhile, co-written by the peerless Lana del Rey and Jamie T, is a swaggering tilt through the wilder side of life and suggests a night out with Kane will probably not involve a quiet visit to the theatre.
Best of all though is the yelping, stripped back dub of the title track, and Wrong Side Of Life, featuring a stop-start rhythm and possibly the best, full-throated rock vocal you’ll hear this year.
A breathtaking return.
Deportation Blues 3/5
Uprooted from his new home and girlfriend and dog in Manchester by immigration officials, New Jersey-born Brian Christinzio aka BC Camplight eventually returned on an Italian passport, thanks to his grandparents.
The whole frustrating saga is channelled into some fascinating shapes here – the laid-back but hypnotic I’m In A Weird Place and film noir-ish Am I Dead Yet?, for instance.
It’s not a complete downer but the spine-tingling melodies that filled his previous album, How To Die In The North, are in short supply and fans will have to dig much deeper to find them.
Angry Cyclist 3/4
Designed for live performance, above all, on one of the twins’ highly successful national tours, there’s a slightly throwaway feel to many of The Proclaimers’ recent songs.
But beyond the galloping beats and knees-up rhythms of numbers such as Sometimes It’s The Fools and A Way With Words lies genuine passion and lyrical excellence.
A sharp political edge, too: The Proclaimers might be virtual national treasures but they are not interested in playing it too safe.
The title track – a protest against the prickly intolerance of our times – is superb, as is Classy, a witty sideswipe at a class system where “culture travelled out from the rabble/And had a saddle placed on its back”.
And there we were thinking they just wrote about long walks…