This came in a bundles of Aussie vinyl from Fire Records. LoFi, with lyrics almost chanted. Guitars and organs. Very pleasant.
Also in the Fire Records bundle. Also Lofi, but for some reason I found this grating. Tape hiss and wobble. Unrehearsed jams and demos. Repeat and then stop. Distortion from over amped live sound. Unpleasant.
This went round a few times and I still don't feel like I'll get the most out of it until I've got a lyric sheet in front of me. There's a line that kept jumping out about not knowing where Sheffield is. It's got a lovely variety of pace and style across the album and exactly the ratio of novelty/good that draws me in. Awesome.
From the people who scored Botanicula. This made me grin like a loon while waiting for Bill Drummond. It's very well constructed and arranged upbeat indiefolkpopdance with (what I thought were) foreign lyrics. Actually, it turns out that the lyrics are entirely made up. Very very happy making.
Based on the same book as Kind Hearts and Coronets, but obviously built on the film in all that the law will allow. The plot follows Monty Navarro as he bumps off the D'Ysquith family in order to inherit the seat. All the D'Ysquiths are played by the same actor, as Alec Guiness did in the film.
The music is great and conjures up period England beautifully. But there are endless patter songs and the lyrics just aren't funny or good enough. I suppose it doesn't help that I know what's going to happen, and so I also grumble at the change to the ending.
I saw the film the other week and was taken by the score. In isolation, it does flatten somewhat, but it's still very good. There's a lot of themes reused in different forms which works brilliantly against the film, but less well as an album. I think the squeeky cable cars were missing, which implies they were the job of the sound designer.
Mostly, though, it's what happens when you give an excellent film composer the brief of make it sound vaguely Eastern European. It's zithers and balalaikas and bass voices. It has happy and sad and tense and triumphant.
Also, go and see the film.