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Futura Utopia: 12 Questions review – joyously unpredictable

(70Hz/Platoon)Actors, poets and musicians tackle various posers on super-producer Fraser T Smith’s inventive debut This is the first artist project from super-producer Fraser T Smith, architect of Stormzy and Dave’s debuts alongside Kano’s pivotal Made in the Manor. Smith’s debut wrestles with 12 oversized questions, answered by actors, poets, musicians and other artists with spoken …

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Gorillaz: Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez review – playful and potent collaboration

(Parlophone)Damon Albarn is the melodic anchor to this pioneering album that balances concept with fun The Now Now (2018) was one of those Gorillaz albums that dispensed with the hip hop-led collaborations that have often defined this band of ink and flesh. Guests are in full effect, though, on its follow-up: what’s billed as Season …

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Adele Shows Off Her Comedic Chops As Host of Saturday Night Live: Watch

Adele proved herself she’s more than just as a power-house singer by serving as host of this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. Adele used her opening monologue to address two questions on everyone’s mind. “My album is not yet finished,” she revealed, before going on to explain why wasn’t… Please click the link below …

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling review – out of this world

(Strut)The Arkestra’s first album in 20 years is an intoxicating, cosmic tribute to Sun Ra For much of his long, prolific career, the late Sun Ra (born plain Herman Blount) found his music marginalised. Though rooted in jazz tradition, its atonal tunings and proto-electronica, along with its space-age themes and gaudy costumes, were too way …

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Bruce Springsteen: Letter to You review – a sledgehammer of succour

(Columbia)An album about fallen comrades sees the E Street Band deliver the distilled elixir of their best stadium-filling form While Bruce Springsteen was performing Springsteen on Broadway, the stage iteration of his 2016 memoir, his former teenage bandmate, George Theiss, was dying of cancer. Well before the E Street Band, there were the Castiles, an …

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