I deeply appreciate the new albums by Eels and British Sea Power. Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, which is banging out of my Zen and filling my head as I write this, is a double CD and, I confess, I have only played the first of the two CDs thus far. It is certainly a profound piece, very dark and pensive yet very melodic and pleasing to the ear. Dealing with desperation, depression, neglect and troubled lives, it is not an album for parties but I do admire its intelligence and confidence. The superb reviews it has harvested are deserved. I have vowed to myself to play and grow accustomed to Disc One before tackling the second CD. British Sea Power’s Open Season possesses a bona fide English charm, a raffish whimsy and a lovable eccentricity. It is an album whose mysterious and intriguing soundscapes evoke – for me – bygone eras with its homage to, inter alia, polar explorers and Victoriana. This is an epic set of songs and I recommend it. The single Please Stand Up is a gorgeous Echo-and-the-Bunnymen-cum-Kitchens-of-Distinction influenced four minutes of swaggering pomp. Yum.
The city club has signed Haydn Thomas from Exeter Chiefs. I am unable to recall any other