New CD releases: Lump, Roger Daltrey, Kanye West and Eleanor Tomlinson | Music | Entertainment



Late To The Flight, a shapeshifting haze of electronics and superb vocalising, is simply gorgeous.

The piece builds with unhurried grace through a series of enigmatic lyrical couplets including the highly memorable “You look like a crooner in crisis/ Shaking your hips like a tart”.

May I Be The Light, a mix of chant and melody that somehow evokes the restless spirit of folk legend Bert Jansch, is equally good, while Rolling Thunder recalls Prince at his most experimental.

Best of all is Curse Of The Contemporary, Marling at the very top of her falsetto, delivering, arguably, the best vocal performance of her career so far.

Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You (Polydor) – out now

Rating: 4/5

The Who frontman was persuaded to complete this solo album – his first in 26 years – by Pete Townshend after about of meningitis damaged both his health and confidence.

Thank heavens he did: As Long As I Have You is a judiciously chosen, beautifully performed, set of full-throated rockers and achingly good ballads.

Among the former, Get On Out Of The Rain’s appeal for love and unity is outstanding while Nick Cave’s prayer-like Into My Arms is delivered with sublime understatement and in a lower key than we are familiar with.

A brace of Daltrey originals are also terrific: the closing Always Heading Home, a minimal but immensely moving lament.

Kanye West – Ye (Virgin/EMI) – out now
Rating: 3/5

With “I hate being bipolar, it’s awesome” scrawled on the cover and songs expressing everything from murderous loathing (I Thought About Killing You) to tediously nasty sexism (All Mine), Kanye West’s seven-track, 24-minute album is a fleeting exercise in moodswinging confusion that both enrages and demands attention.

In between, though, there are just enough nuggets of genuine soulfulness and superb sampling to suggest there is still plenty of great music to come.

Eleanor Tomlinson – Tales From Home (Sony) – out now

Rating: 3/5

Drawing on songs from her Yorkshire childhood home, Tomlinson (Demelza in TV’s Poldark), turns in some fine cover versions on her debut solo album.

In a clear, honest folk voice she delivers traditional pieces such as She Moved Through The Fair with engaging skill and even brings grace to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Hushabye Mountain.

If she can’t quite match Sandy Denny’s poignancy on Who Knows Where The Time Goes, who can?


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