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October 1, 2014
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Devin Colvin/Entertainment Editor


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Music | Devin Colvin/Entertainment Editor

CD review
Keane: Hopes and Fears

By now, most readers have heard of Keane, but this review is for those who haven't discovered that the whole album, Hopes and Fears, is one of the best of the year. They write gorgeous songs with soaring vocals and piano, bass and drum backing. There have been, and will continue to be comparisons to Radiohead and Coldplay. The comparisons aren't unwarranted, but Keane is more soothing and (for lack of a better word) dreamy.
   Opening song ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ evokes a green English countryside and succeeds in conveying melancholy and romanticism without being too cheesy. The band has been huge in the UK for a while and their popularity is growing fast around the world with good reason.
   Verdict: There are songs on here that will be classic for years to come. Vocalist Tom Chaplin's voice is one of the most delicate and incredible instruments out there right now. Buy this and listen to it.

 

CD review
Doves: Some Cities

Dove’s last album, The Last Broadcast, was an amazing album and one of the best of 2002, but one that sort of got overlooked. This latest offering, their third album, is not quite as strong as Broadcast, but still a complete joy.
   The album is almost a concept album in that the majority of the songs are about cities and towns, particularly the northern UK towns the band members are attached to. It's sort of an album of loves songs to places rather than lovers. This three-piece manages to mix guitars and rough edges with epic strings and synth sounds without sounding contrived. Their first single, ‘Black and White Town’, is my personal favourite on the album, but, like their previous offerings, every single song is enjoyable, so take your finger off that skip button.
   Verdict: If you're familiar with the Doves sound, you are in for more of the same, but if you don't know Doves, pick up both this album and The Last Broadcast.

 

 

 

More than a bet

Buck Rogers

Growing up as a kid, Saturday mornings meant an early morning of breakfast cereal and a full day of cartoons and freaky programme provided by Sid and Marty Krofft. While you may not want to wake up early on Sturday to watch them, shows such as Land of the Lost and H. R. Pufnstuf are now available on DVD. Not the highest quality of television, but it will definitely bring back memories.

If you're not looking for sea monsters or talking flutes, the DVD release of A Very Long Engagement may be more your speed. A romantic film starring Audrey Tatou, of Amélie fame, the two-disc DVD was just released and is a great epic set in wartime, a devoted love and spanning years; all the necessary ingredients for a classic romance.

Women may not be that into the sports aspect of it, but with plenty of Matthew McConaughey shots and a cast that contains Al Pacino and Rene Russo, Two for the Money is about more than just sports betting. It's a well acted film about addiction in general and what it takes to "feel alive". Well worth checking out.

Lucire has reviewed Freaks and Geeks before and even though it was cancelled after one season, you can see a sort of continuation of the series in Undeclared. Written and produced by Judd Apatow, producer of Freaks and Geeks as well as 40 Year Old Virgin, it is a touching and hilarious look at the first year of college life and will bring back memories both good and bad for anyone who went through the college experience. The DVD of the first and only season is out now.

 

Devin Colvin may be reached at devin.colvin@lucire.com.


DVD | Jack Yan

The streets of San Francisco, and then some

Steve McQueen in Bullitt Bullitt (1968), starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn; dir. Peter Yates

A CLASSIC and probably the pinnacle of film-making for fans of both cars and McQueen. Most car nuts will have already seen this film—its Mustang v. Charger car chase is the best this side of Ronin—but the two-disc set released by Warner Bros. reveals more about the background, and McQueen himself.

The trailer is probably obligatory in such a compilation, and isn't that impressive; but what makes the set worthwhile is a documentary on McQueen. It places Bullitt, and his many other films, into context—in 1968, McQueen was the world's most bankable movie star.

The other feature, on film editing, only has a tiny part on Bullitt, and a featurette on Steve McQueen’s Commitment to Reality are just extras that don't add to the overall enjoyment of the film. However, it is a pleasure to see Bullitt in widescreen, rather than the cut formats often shown on cable and network TV. •


 

 


 
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