Album of the week
Al Green – Lay it down
Touted as his greatest album in decades, the reverend Al Green returns with a masterpiece. Produced by The Roots’ Amir “?uestlove” Thompson and featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend and Anthony Hamilton, Lay it down is a soulful, laid back return to form for one of the true legends of the genre. At 62 Green retains all the expression and emotion that drove him to stardom in the seventies with no discernible “aging” of the vocal chords. Carrying each melodious tune in his own distinct style, Green’s sound only rasps when it’s required.
Single of the week
Jason Mraz – I’m yours
From the forthcoming album; We Sing, we dance, we steal things, Jason Mraz has released undoubtedly the soundtrack to many a listener’s summer. The quirky, rhythmically-addictive tune mixes reggae, folk and pop and wraps the lot in cotton wool. Soft, aurally pleasing and certainly a song for the beach.
TV Show of the week
Alan Partridge – I’m Alan Partridge
“Ahaaaaaaaaa!” For those unfamiliar with the work of Norwich’s least successful export, this release of the I’m Alan Partridge series is a must buy. Paving the way for The Office‘s cringe-comedy style and coining many a catchphrase in the process this is comedy gold.