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Rock - Released June 28, 2019 | Virgin Music UK

On the three albums he recorded for Arista Records in the late '70s and early '80s, Iggy Pop often seemed to be going out of his way to sound like a commercially viable rock musician, or at very least someone who was not quite as strange as his public reputation led people to believe. In 1982, after Iggy's contract with Arista lapsed, he was offered the opportunity to work with Blondie mastermind Chris Stein, who not only produced Zombie Birdhouse, but originally released the album on his own short-lived Animal Records imprint, and Iggy seemed to approach the album as his opportunity to let loose with every musical and lyrical impulse that wouldn't have passed muster on the label that gave us Barry Manilow and Whitney Houston. After the perverse attempt at a dance-pop album that was Party, Zombie Birdhouse certainly seemed like the right idea; Rob DuPrey, who handled the keyboards, guitars, and programming and wrote most of the music, came up with a set of interesting pop tunes, skeletal but full of ideas and sharp angles, often suggesting a less pretentious and more emotionally direct corollary to the arty approach of the David Bowie-produced The Idiot. But sadly, Iggy himself didn't rise especially well to the occasion here; his lyrics are often a bizarre mélange of free-association without any clear focus, and one senses that Stein was a bit too awed by working with his hero to have the nerve to tell him when his vocals were wandering off-pitch (or out of tune altogether). Zombie Birdhouse was in many ways a noble experiment, and it's never less than interesting, but it also rarely works the way it's supposed to; ultimately, this album's a failure, but it's certainly one of the most interesting and ambitious failures of Iggy's career, which ought to count for something. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Rock - Released May 24, 2019 | Virgin Music UK

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Rock - Released May 17, 2019 | Virgin Music UK

Perhaps America's stint at Capitol -- which began with 1979's Silent Letter and wrapped up with 1984's Perspective -- isn't considered by most observers to be as "classic" as the Warner era that preceded it. Winnowed down to the duo of Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley -- Dan Peek departed in 1977, after Harbor -- America moved decidedly into slickly synthesized adult contemporary while on Capitol, a transition that eventually resulted in the 1982 smash hit "You Can Do Magic" and its 1983 Top 40 sequel, "The Border." Classic Album Collection traces this evolution via remastered versions of the group's six albums for the label (the first two each have two bonus tracks of mono single mixes): Silent Letter (1979), Alibi (1980), View from the Ground (1982), Your Move (1983), Perspective (1984), and In Concert (1985). These records have been reissued on CD before, but they've never sounded this smooth, vivid, or rich -- qualities that certainly enhance albums designed to be plush, immersive easy listens. For hardcore fans, the ones who are as curious about the mono single edits as they are about the aural upgrade, it's the remastering that makes this set worthwhile, but anybody with a fondness for supple soft rock would find that these albums are much better than their reputation suggests. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 16, 2019 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 30, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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Electronic - Released July 27, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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It is said that this collaboration between one of the first punk artists in history, Iggy Pop, and the electronic trio 90's Underworld, is the most exciting of the year. Surprising, for sure, given what he said at the release of an electronic music set at Caprices Festival in 2007 (“I fucking hate this fucking techno shit. It’s fake.”). But it seems that the Stooges’ leader must have changed his mind, and so much the better because the result of this improbable fusion lives up to their reputation. Recorded in a hotel room transformed into a real studio by one of Underworld's members, Rick Smith, this four-track EP is the result of spontaneity and a combination of circumstances caused by the production of the soundtrack for the film T2 Trainspotting. In fact, it is a question here of setting out new cutlery but this time eating at the same table; the two names had already appeared in the credits of the first of Danny Boyle's films ("Lust for Life" for Iggy Pop and "Born Slippy (Nuxx)" for Underworld, of which the latter contributed mostly to the fame of the trio). “I turned up thinking, ‘I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together” said Rick Smith about the record. “So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.” Iggy Pop continues “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes, ‘Uh-uhhh’, so my mind was racing”. © Sylvain Di Cristo/Qobuz 
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Electronic - Released July 6, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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The former leader of Supergrass, Gareth Michael Coombes a.k.a. Gaz Coombes, went back into hibernation in his Oxford studio to record his third solo album, in co-production with Ian Davenport, with whom he had already collaborated on Matador. Following his half-melancholic half-psychedelic pop exaltations cradled between Goat and Radiohead, World’s Strongest Man features eleven tracks of lavish yet nebulous orchestration (Wounded Egos, Weird Dreams), even strange at times (The Oaks). On Oxygen Mask, Gaz Coombes reminds us he can also produce a classy, minimalist ballad. Relying on an emasculated lyricism close to Cascadeur’s or Woodkid’s, where galloping rhythms jolt into other loops, Gaz Coombes continues his formidable solo breakthrough. And deals with his anxieties and chronic depression. While at first hard to apprehend, the opus reveals his richness over multiple listens. Complex and radiant. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

The former leader of Supergrass, Gareth Michael Coombes a.k.a. Gaz Coombes, went back into hibernation in his Oxford studio to record his third solo album, in co-production with Ian Davenport, with whom he had already collaborated on Matador. Following his half-melancholic half-psychedelic pop exaltations cradled between Goat and Radiohead, World’s Strongest Man features eleven tracks of lavish yet nebulous orchestration (Wounded Egos, Weird Dreams), even strange at times (The Oaks). On Oxygen Mask, Gaz Coombes reminds us he can also produce a classy, minimalist ballad. Relying on an emasculated lyricism close to Cascadeur’s or Woodkid’s, where galloping rhythms jolt into other loops, Gaz Coombes continues his formidable solo breakthrough. And deals with his anxieties and chronic depression. While at first hard to apprehend, the opus reveals his richness over multiple listens. Complex and radiant. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 20, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2017 | Virgin Music UK