Hercules And Love Affair by Hercules and Love Affair
Anyone expecting more of I Am A Bird Now should be pleasantly surprised by Hegarty as a disco muse. It sounds here like a part he was born to play, and he plays it with distinction. It's not as radio or festival friendly as last year's LCD Soundsystem record Sound Of Silver, but Hercules And Love Affair's artsy vision explores noirish areas that record feared to go. If it doesn't scare you off, you're likely to love it and wonder what Butler will come up with next.
Dear Science by TV on the Radio
They're definitely getting easier on the ear with every release, and by TVOTR standards, Dear Science - with its frequent forays into pop, funk and soul - is almost brazenly commercial. Compare it side-by-side with their first couple of EPs, for instance. …