CD out now
Bjork’s new album, like all of her works, is full of stunning vocals and amazing music.
Beginning with the urgent “Earth Invaders”, Volta goes on to reach the heights that Bjork has consistently scaled during her pop career. The album moves onto the wonderful duet with Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, “The Dull Flame Of Desire”.
“Hope” is a sympathetic rumination upon the aims and operation of a female suicide bomber. “Declare Independence” is a defiant cry against oppression.
The album closes with “My Juvenile”, another fantastic duet with Antony – a hymn of praise to a young love.
Send Away The Tigers
Manic Street Preachers
CD out now
This, the eighth studio album by Wales’s finest rock band, sees the Manic Street Preachers rediscovering their early musical spikiness and political radicalism.
This is a welcome return to form after Lifeblood, their slick but anaemic previous album.
Lead singer James Dean Bradfield spits out anger against the US’s war on Iraq and attacks on civil liberties in “Rendition” and “Imperial Bodybags”.
Highlights include the current single “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough” and “Underdogs” – a song for all the outcasts of society.
Also, check out the bonus track, a great version of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero”.
The Battle of Algiers
National cinematic release
Many readers will have seen Gillo Pontecorvo’s classic film on a video or DVD. But for a short period it is in cinemas.
The film, recreating France’s suppression of the 1950s Algerian uprising, is an extraordinary experience.
It remains the most compelling film against imperialism and colonialism.
Get to see it if you can.