ChartAttack's Weekly Reviews of New Releases
For Tuesday September 7, 1999
1. BRAND NEW HEAVIES In Tha Beginning (Music Club)
British acid jazz veterans Brand New Heavies have been producing high quality funky soulful tunes since their debut eponymous album in 1992. In Tha Beginning does not show any new direction from the earlier recordings but then the parameters of acid jazz have pretty much been set in stone.
2. COAL CHAMBER Chamber Music (Roadrunner/Attic)
Album number two for these alt-metalheads begins with a very uncharacteristically sensative string quartet piece. But don't be fooled by this introduction, the rest of the album features CC's heavy, detuned guitars and distorted treated vocals akin to Korn and White Zombie. This is for those who like things loud!
3. CUBA Leap Of Faith (4AD/Select)
Cuba is the shared vision of two elusive, reclusive individuals, - Ashley Bates and Christopher Andrews (the latter was born in Cuba but reared in Canada). Though named for a country with a rich musical tradition, there is not a hint of salsa anywhere here. It's more like an updated Happy Mondays with the ecstasy-induced excesses.
4. GENE LOVES JEZEBEL Voodoo Dollies: The Best of... (Beggars Banquet/Select))
We all know their history; poncy twin brothers Jay and Michael Aston (with their stringy femme hair-dos) formed this goth-influenced band in the early 80s, sounding like a mix of early Cure ("Upstairs") Echo & The Bunnymen ("Always A Flame") and The Alarm ("Heartache"). This comp. includes their hits "Desire" and "Sweetest Thing".
5. RICHARD THOMPSON Mock Tudor (Capitol/EMI)
Veteran guitar hero, Thompson has been creating consistently choice music for the past three decades. Mock Tudor is a return to form for this rockin' folkster, easily surpassing his recent albums, Mirror Blue and You? Me? Us?, (having finally parted with heavy-handed, long-time producer Mitchell Froom). "Crawl Back (Under My Stone)" is his best song since Rumour And Sigh's "52 Vincent Black Lightning".
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