Friday’s music playlist: Listen to albums reviewed today from My Bloody Valentine, Foals & more

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night and every Friday, we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

This week there are two albums in the playlist for your listening pleasure and another from the Youtube. The big album of the week was only a hint in Kevin Shields’ eye last week and after 22 years, it’s finally here. The followup to Loveless is actually here but John Meagher’s review (“a patchy affair”) is a realistic one rather than a glowing one. Have a listen to the album for yourself below.

Also reviewed this week, Tegan & Sara’s Heartthrob (“an unashamedly commercial collection”), Modestep’s Evolution Theory (“a dog’s dinner” of dubstep), Foals’ third album Holy Fire (“their best yet”) and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s We The Common (“quirky, keenly
observed songs”) which among others features Joanna Newsom on backing vocals.

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Relax, The kids are all right

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It’s a fascinating time to like popular music. As a whole generation has grown up in a world of endless musical libraries, a new problem emerged. Does access to everything and routines formed by fleeting web visiting habits produce teenagers who had the inability to focus or pay attention to anything for more than five minutes? Would young people care less for artists and more for a never-ending string of single-serving hits of ADHD-esque pop?

My recent experiences at live gigs suggests otherwise. Fandom is alive and well (and not just the One Direction kind). In Vicar Street, Dublin on a Monday night two weeks ago, rising Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar arrived in Ireland for the first time ever off the back of his hugely successful new album good kid, m.A.A.d city. But it wasn’t songs from the new globally-acclaimed album, nor was it his debut studio album Section.80 thatignited the young crowd. It was tracks from 2009 and 2010 from an EP and mixtapes that got the best response. Large members of the audience knew every word and wanted the American rapper to know it too.
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Friday’s Spotify playlist: Listen to albums reviewed today from Frightened Rabbit & Eels

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Every Friday, John Meagher reviews a selection of new release albums in Day And Night. Every Friday, we’ll publish a Spotify playlist of the albums (where available) so you can listen and judge for yourself.

This week we have two albums reviewed today for your listening pleasure: the new Eels 10th album Wonderful, Glorious of which John says Mark Everett’s “trademark defeatist humour is evident throughout – and it’s a feature that marks him out from the pack,” while Scottish anthemic folksters Frightened Rabbit come correct with their fourth album Pedestrian Verse, with Mr Meagher writing “the band’s scope and ambition suggests they sound like a re-jigged Waterboys for a new generation.” The other albums reviewed today are by Ron Sexsmith, Mary Dillon and Ólöf Arnalds but alas, they are not present on Spotify just yet.

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