By Dan Pavelich
CHOBA B CCCP (Capitol)
With Paul McCartney’s advancing age, it should come as no surprise that he’s getting his musical affairs in order, before the inevitable occurs. As such, we can expect a parade of reissues and deluxe editions of past releases, both solo and with Wings.
CHOBA B CCCP is McCartney’s 1988 love letter to his Russian fans, who made bootleg Beatle and McCartney records a cottage underground industry during The Cold War. While this reissue adds nothing in the way of bonus content, the remastering job is crisp and clean. It’s also a lot of just plain fun. Pauly relishes every vocal Elvisism of “That’s All Right (Mama),” and revisits his Hamburg Little Richard style with “Kansas City” and “Lucille.” It rocks, it rolls.
ANIMA (XL Recordings)
Radiohead’s mastermind is at it again, with a release that is as self-indulgent as they come. There’s not much melody within these compositions (I struggle to refer to them as “songs”), and the whole affair seems like a construct of nonsensical loops and sound affects.
Not my cup of tea, but it may be yours. I’ll just bet there are some progressive rock fans out there that’ll love this.
12 Sides Of Summer (BMG)
I’m not going to beat up on Mike Love too much here, the dude is 78 years old and still taking to the stage most every night. I should be so lucky when I’m 78. The Beach Boys’ frontman returns with a dozen summer sides, with mixed results.
“It’s OK,” featuring the Hanson Brothers handling background vocals, isn’t half-bad. Similarly, “California Beach” strives for Beach Boys’ greatness, but falls just a bit short. Strange covers of George Harrison’s “Here Comes The Sun” and The Ramones’ “Rockaway Beach” round out the set. I can’t say that I liked or disliked “12 Sides.” I’ll commit only to a shoulder shrug and a “Meh.”
Various Artists/Lion King Soundtrack (Disney)
Sabaton/The Great War (Nuclear Blast)
Scott Stapp/Space Between The Shadows (Napalm)
The Flaming Lips/King’s Mouth (Warner)
Brian Eno/Apolloo (Capitol)
Mike Love/12 Sides Of Summer (BMG)
Patrice Rushen/Elektra Recordings 78-84 (Elektra)
Gorillaz/The Fall (Warner)
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