Later With Jools Holland.. Friday 29th April.


So, Royal Wedding aside, what else was happening on television? That said, I did very much enjoy the Wedding, both broadcast by the media and the celebrations thereafter, but I’m here to review the latest in music, both innovative and mainstream. I’m pretty sure you can’t be innovative AND mainstream, but I may be wrong.

Right. PJ Harvey. Or “Peej” as she’s also known. This is a hideous but amusing abbreviation. Her music was very good. This has been an artist I’ve avoided for sometime, mainly because of the slightly eccentric aura surrounding her and the fact she seems to scream “ALTERNATIVE!” at me at every turn. But this was very good, although I have no idea how to categorise it. “Alternative” seems a good fit. She had the most bizarre headdress on – it looked like she’d just killed a crow or something – but, despite the fact she would look totally at home with the hippies at Glastonbury, I enjoyed this performance. Further exploration will occur – apparently there’s a recent album which everyone’s raving about. Listening shall commence!

Lykke Li – The drums here were very good. It’s hard to tell whether this bird is “alternative” or “pop” or whether she bridges the gap in between. I’m also not sure whether I actually like her music, although I definitely preferred the first and last song – the middle one was a little weak compared to the others. Although that might just be because I know these songs. Whichever way, there’s an opportunity to go and see her at End of the Road, although I suspect there may be a better offer. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to see the performance but it was still perfectly listenable to here.

The Unthanks – Hello! These people have outstanding voices, and I actually knew that before I saw them on here. They’re all sort of sweet and gentle and you can imagine them running around in flowery dresses, picking apples and washing their hair in streams. They would be Bernard Black’s Autumn Girl, if such a thing were to ever exist. The music fits that description too by the by, unobtrusive and delicate, except now I can’t really remember any of it. Does this mean it’s a grower? Even though I liked it straight away anyway? That said, I feel the same about Seth Lakeman. His music does that too. Anyway, excellent performance. Would go and see indeed.

Ron Sexsmith – who? I believe this chap sand whilst Jools played, and then did a song solo a little while after. They left little to no impression on me, except that the amount of emotion in his voice was less than my interest in him. That said, he could still sing well. Ish. I am somewhat sick of the “man and his guitar” act. No one does anything with it anymore, mainly because it’s actually quite limited.. Unless you’re fantastically talented

Ed Sheeran – Oh look! Another man with his guitar! Less talented than Ron it would seem, so there was even less interest here. I’m not sure why it is that these people think they can do any better, or create any more interest, than the one before them. Would much rather watch Joanna Newsom than this. Yes really.

Avery Sunshine – This week’s “token World Music act” came in the form of this bird who played a soul-jazz-fuck thing, which was pretty good really. Nothing particularly fantastic, nothing that made me go “WOW!” but still reasonably enjoyable. At least it was different from the men with guitars.. I have seen better acts fill this weekly slot, however. It was nice to have such a female-fronted show though, increased by Ms Avery. If that is indeed her name.

Next week is looking exceedingly thin – Adele (that exceptionally popular song of hers, ‘Someone Like You’, although once excellent, is now driving me up the wall), R Kelly (back with another opera about midgets..?), with Metronomy, Young the Giant, James Blake and Mariza.. Who indeed. Someone surprise me please.

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