The Guardian‘s Alexis Petridis gives Radiohead‘s In Rainbows five stars and says it’s their best album since OK Computer: “The most heartening thing about In Rainbows, besides the fact that it may represent the strongest collection of songs Radiohead have assembled for a decade, is that it ventures into new emotional territories.”
The Times‘ Pete Paphides is marginally less ecstatic, awarding four stars to the album, but he adds, “For what it’s worth, In Rainbows was sent to me at 6:30 am. Three hours later, this insidious index of sonic surprises is stacking up in my mind, like planes waiting to land. The trick, I guess, is to give your fans what they didn’t know they wanted. Radiohead, old hands at this, have been doing it for over a decade now. With In Rainbows, they appear to have done it again.”
Lily Allen has parted ways with her managers, reports The Mirror. A source tells the paper, “She is still fuming about the business with her visa being revoked. She felt it was her year to break America and blames her management for not getting it sorted out. It meant pulling out of the MTV Video Music Awards and also meant she couldn’t carry out her promise to tour there in September.” Last time I checked, her managers weren’t the ones trying to remake West Side Story against a band of paparazzi. She did that her damn self.
Amy Winehouse hangs with the Olsen Twins, reveals horribly scarred “coalminers’ hands.”(Daily Mail)
Mark Ronson picked up Amy Winehouse‘s Q award on her behalf – and wound up leaving it in the men’s bathroom. See…further proof this man is not to be trusted.(Mirror)
Liam Gallagher and his longtime girlfriend, former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton, are set to marry in late October.(Digital Spy)
Popjustice has a clip of the new Girls Aloud single, “Call the Shots, which they call “one of the five best songs the band have ever recorded.”
Ian McClure, frontman of Reverend and the Makers, dares to compare himself to John Lennon and Bob Marley in a BBC NEWS interview. “My heroes are Lennon and Marley and Strummer and Lenny Bruce. The rebels, the lions, the people who stood up against the prevailing trend and had something to say, and I feel our generation is devoid of any lions. Instead, we have a bunch of fashionistas running the music industry. And I want to try and mean something to people.”
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.