This week, I’ve learned via Instagram that a sort of dog-themed book club is reading Queenie. Every day I’ve been tagged in a review that, judging by its picture of a dog with my book, seems to have been written by a canine reader. It has been a tense time, honestly. I never know what to expect from reviews. Some are nice. Some are rude. The book has been awarded five stars, and it has also been given one. But who am I to argue with a dog? … [Read more...] about My book is being reviewed by a dog. Who am I to argue with the star rating?
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FoxesLove Not Loving You Foxes is back! And she’s in thrall to pop of recent years with this banging I-don’t-need-no-lover effort, which is packed with Cut to the Feeling flourishes and pencil-case worthy lines such as “I guess I’m the love of my life” and “You make me dance like I mean it”. The flip-side to Robyn’s Dancing on My Own; she’s dancing on her own and she’s bloody loving it. … [Read more...] about Tracks of the week reviewed: Tkay Maidza, Katy Perry, Slowthai
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That controversial pioneer of the British folk revival, the late Ewan MacColl, was born in 1915, and the centenary is being marked by reminders that he was a bravely original songwriter. On this remarkable double album, 21 artists rework his songs, ranging from poignant studies of working lives to political comment and love ballads. Many of the best are from the experimental Radio Ballads shows, broadcast by the BBC between 1957 and 1964; they include Norma Waterson’s gently pained version of Moving On Song, and Karine Polwart’s powerful The Terror Time, both dealing with the realities of Gypsy life. There’s also Jarvis Cocker’s thoughtful treatment of a boxer’s lament, The Battle Is Done With; Steve Earle with a gutsy Dirty Old Town; and Martin Simpson’s sensitive solo treatment of The Father’s Song, mixing compassion and politics. … [Read more...] about Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl review – remarkable, star-packed tribute
But Barb, queen of the Hard Rock Trolls (voiced by Rachel Bloom), daughter of Thrash (voiced by – who else? – Ozzy Osbourne) is on a world-tour mission to conquer all the other troll kingdoms and make them submit to the awesome majesty of rock. It appears that way back in the mists of time, the six types of music were six strings on a mystical Orphean lyre, which were separated and given to each troll monarch. Barb plans to collect all six strings as trophies, put them on her guitar and play one single devastating power chord: a Tolkienian moment which will establish her dominion. That’s unless Poppy can win her over with the winsome, unthreatening world of pop, and convince Barb that all types of music can co-exist happily. … [Read more...] about Trolls World Tour review – eyeball-frazzling sequel offers same again