In general I’m not a huge fan of bands releasing a re-recorded version of one of their own records. At the upper end of the industry it reeks of commercial cash-ins and creative stagnation, and lower down it can feel like an act who split their own audience not quite sticking to their guns, as they fart out a stripped back acoustic version of a record that didn’t get the reception they’d hoped for. But these things are totally subjective of course, and if you end up on the wrong side of your hero’s creative instincts, then the idea of them returning to the oven with largely the same set of ingredients doesn’t seem so bad after all, does it? Everyone loves a crumby metaphor.Read More
Last Sunday I took my place within a half-full tent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to hear from two wildly different poets whose debut collections arrived in the last year.Read More
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