We are happy to announce that the canceled November European tour dates have been rescheduled for March 2016. It’s all here: The Hustler and The Trust Fund Baby, the Mosh Pit Casualty, the Celebrity Chef, the Crooked Cop, the Struggling Artist, the Sucker MC, the forgotten Sex Workers and Last-Chance Cinderellas.
Thanks again to all our friends & fans for their understanding & support. Within these grooves are cold-water tenements, blue-chip galleries, dingy Avenue B studios, and the last real warrior poet whose dark magick brings garage rock ghosts back from the grave!
He needn't worry: the resulting blend of big-beat, ambient, soul and funk makes Halfway...
a more diversely satisfying album than its predecessor, one that capitalises on Fatboy's strengths while taking tentative steps in new directions.
Certainly, "Holler" is their least memorable single, and the rest of the album is, if anything, even less impressive - a situation brought into sharp focus by the ill-judged addition, as closing track, of their 1998 No 1 "Goodbye", a so-so song that seems like a bolt of godlike genius in such surroundings.
In fairness, it should be noted that at least they've abandoned the woeful pastiches that made the Spiceworld album so teeth-grindingly awful - but now they have sloughed off others' styles, their own lack of a definitive musical style has become all the more apparent.
Because if it wasn't already blindingly obvious that the four remaining Spices were more concerned with their solo careers than their collective output, the oddly anonymous cast of Forever provides timely affirmation.
Favouring fashionable R&B producers such as Rodney Jerkins and Jam & Lewis, they've adopted a bland pop-soul style that renders them indistinguishable from dozens of other girl-bands.
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Omar | Best by Far (Oyster) Interviewing the R&B songwriter Jill Scott a few weeks ago, I was surprised to find her excitedly looking forward to a meeting later that evening, not with the nu-soul/garage star MJ Cole or Wookie, but with the original Brit-soul auteur Omar.
Though somewhat becalmed in his native land (this fifth album arrives here by way of his French label Naive Records), Omar's star has remained strong and bright across the Atlantic, where albums such as his 1990 debut There's Nothing Like This and 1997's excellent This Is Not a Love Song proved hugely influential on the new generation of soul stars such as Scott, Erykah Badu, Maxwell and D'Angelo, recycling his blend of swingbeat and Stevie Wonder stylings back to the US in time-honoured British Invasion manner.
And as always Blues Explosion stomp on the faux underground oasis peddled by bourgeois hipsters and marketing jocks to deliver the real deal — rock’n’roll that is unapologetically nasty and strong.