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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on August 24th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Patti Smith – Outside Society
Patti Smith has influenced countless musicians and bands – Morrisey and REM to name but a few – through her fluid and powerful fusion of rock and poetry. From 1975 to 2007, she has released countless hits, giving her the heralded label of ‘Godmother of Punk’.

And to this day Smith is still at it, albeit in a writing dimension. Her New York Times non-fiction bestseller and winner of the National Book Awards Just Kids won critical acclaim from many. And as she continues writing new material the world waits for the release of Outside Society, a collection of re-mastered first singles throughout her career, presented chronologically from 1975 (her debut album, Horses, with ‘Gloria’ and ‘Free Money’) through 2007 (Twelve, with her cover of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’).

Perhaps what’s so unique about the album is her own commentary of each track – a fascinating insight into her personal life – most notably her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, who Smith regards as the most influential person in her life

The release of the album also precedes the Polar Music Prize gala in Sweden on August 30th where Smith will receive the accolade from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

“Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock’n'roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock’n'roll. Patti Smith is a Rimbaud with Marshall amps. She has transformed the way an entire generation looks, thinks and dreams. With her inimitable soul of an artist, Patti Smith proves over and over again that people have the power,” said the Polar Music Prize committee.

Out September 12th on Sony CMG


Marcus Foster

Marcus Foster – Nameless Path
The long awaited and beautifully composed debut album by Marcus Foster is scheduled for release on 26th September. Nameless Path features heartfelt and striking vocals under alluring tones and minimalistic composition. Marcus Foster shines out in this stunning not-to-be-missed debut album.

Nameless Path will be released on 26th September


Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly – The A-Z recordings
Next week sees the launch of Paul Kelly’s original retrospective of his career. Comprised of 100 of his songs performed across four nights, The A-Z Recordings is an eight disc set that provides a key insight into how this most fertile of musical minds works, beginning with ‘Adelaide’ and following all the way through to ‘Zoe’. Starting in 2004, Kelly would perform 100 of his songs over four nights with the idea of presenting the songs, “undressed, in many cases close to how they sounded when they were first written, before being arranged with a band.” A must buy for Paul Kelly fans.

Out 29th August on Dramatico Records


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