UK-originating new music-slanted hullabaloo. Est. 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
In shops tomorrow: 5/12
This is an odd week for singles, too early to give the Christmas chart a good go (although Tony Christie's cover of Merry Xmas Everybody's out), too late to be considered as part of the normal year's promo. What we do have are two long-awaited releases, Franz Ferdinand's dramatic Walk Away and the chief opinion polariser that is the Strokes' Juicebox. You'll have downloaded the leaked version in September, of course.
The slowdown is even more pronounced here, where there really is nothing to be gained from releasing a new artist album at this stage. WEA are sticking out a load of Platinum Collection remarketing of old Best Ofs at mid-price, of which the most notable is the Beat's, often derided at the time as 2-Tone chancers, although they were on their own Go-Feet label at the time, but it all stands up very well. Ranking.
We thought there was a Kraftwerk live DVD out a few months ago, but Minimum-Maximum is apparently their first release, a visual companion to the world tour live album and as such surely the more worthwhile investment. It's not robots for the whole gig, we assure you.