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Man Of London Listens : Gossip : A Joyful noise

Beth Ditto has done it again.

 

Correction, Beth Ditto, Hannah Blilie and Brace Paine have done it again.

 

Gossip (Formally The Gossip) have produced an album that is simply top notch.

 

The group, who found fame in the U.K with Standing in the way of control, a track many still associate with E4 show Skins, have raised the bar once again with their latest sound.
A joyful noise is an eleven track album which has a sound that Man Of London cannot get enough of.

 

Immediately when listening to a preview of the bands new album on The Guardian website, several tracks instantly bounce from the speakers.

 

The first is move in the right direction is an anthem of hope, determination and self-empowerment. The delicious tones of the synth that fill your skull from the beginning of the track made it very difficult for Man Of London not to dance.

 

Rewinding one track to Get a job and the ferocious power of Ditto’s voice comes through very quickly. Her voice matches her strong ‘not giving a fuck’ persona that she’s been known for throughout her career and, as always, she tells it like it is.

 

Not every track on the new release has the party atmosphere. The album as a whole is more emotive than that.

 

I won’t play is a track that is for anyone who has ever loved and lost. However, rather than sit alone and the corner and cry, Ditto takes a stand, she isn’t going to lose out. Man Of London doesn’t like quitters. One thinks Beth Ditto and friends know this.

 

 

It’s hard to convey how fantastic this album is without listening too it. Man Of London offers you one piece of advice. Go Listen! This is definitely going to be a staple of my music collection now, rather than later.

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ManOfLondon watches: Paranormal activity 3

ManOfLondon watches: Paranormal activity 3

Just as its predecessors did, Paranormal Activity three dominated our cinema screens. The Third installment in the series has been described as the scariest one yet and it didn’t disappoint.

This prequel to the original two films takes place in late eighties (Big hair and VHS tapes anyone?) where we see the main characters from the first two films, growing up with strange happenings which we seen plague their lives in the first two movies.

As the film progressed I felt the chilling familiarity in my chest that only these films manage to stir within a sophisticated gentleman like myself. ManofLondon believes that it is perfectly normal for the modern gentleman to show his feelings, however, screaming more than three times in one feature is something that should be controlled (something the man two rows in front of me did not understand).

The special effects in this film were just as amazing as in the first two films, and seemed all the more effective as they were used more heavily than in previous films.

Without giving too much away, the scene in the empty kitchen is by far the most impressive of the eighty-four minute feature. ManofLondon will think twice about entering the kitchen while alone in the house.

ManOfLondon thinks these films have real appeal.

From their original advertising, to the fact that we cannot see the ‘killer’ in the shot, gives the film a fear factor absent in those classic slasher movies of the past, the series has been successful in getting people talking.

Word of mouth was and remains the biggest benefit to this franchise.

Without it, it’s original release wouldn’t have been picked up by a large studio and film distributor, and , this film would not be able to amass the huge cult following it has today.
It goes to show that word of mouth may have existed before the internet, but, with out technology connected world, anyone can harness it.

Question?

There is a downside to the film however.

One feels there are too many questions raised by the ending that may not be answerable in a sequel.

Why do the two sisters not get into a discussion about their mother in the previous two films?

Why, as the viewer, were we not given as much of an insight into the girls past in the first two films to entice us to see this one, and why do we not see what happens to the girls after the final night in the film?

Only time will tell if these questions will ever be answered, but, like the other two films, we shouldn’t have to wait more than twelve months.

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ManOfLondon Watches: Misfits season 3 : Just how long can one person do community service?

Lets get one thing clear. ManOfLondon enjoys hit E4 comedy-drama misfits more than most people, however, I am going to propose that the show has gotten, well, somewhat lazy.

We seen the departure of Robert Sheehan In-between series’, which was fully explained in online episodes.

At the beginning of this opening episode, we see a fresh lease of life for the show. New characters, old characters and what many might have seen as a welcome element to the show, some normality.

Spoiler alert

By the end of the show even the most approving gentleman would have been somewhat miffed. We once again see our favourite anti-hero’s (ManOfLondon personally loves Kelly [played by the excellent Lauren Socha]) back in their now infamous orange jumpsuits.

It’s just a little bit far fetched. Even in the misfit reality.

Community service

Yes, you may think to yourself ‘the odd thing to you isn’t the superpowers, but the amount of time they spend in community service?’ but I have a reasoning for this.

What else can possibly happen in the landscape of the series that we haven’t seen before?

For the past two series’ the show has been set on a council estate, with a focus on it’s community centre. Would it not be fresher, more exciting to see the characters in a different environment? Maybe chasing their next nemesis down Oxford Street on a Saturday? Or through the crowds at Glastonbury or T in the park?

Time will only tell if these characters are going to develop further. The new addition to the cast (Played by Joe Gilgun) is a promising development for the show, his cockiness replacing that of Nathan’s, but with his split personality, we see another side which Nathan didn’t show.

The fact that they have developed the character in the first show is a good thing, it shows there is scope to find out more about each of the other characters too. Time will only tell if the characters get to explore new surroundings and deal with new situations. Although ManOfLondon isn’t overly impressed with the characters going back to their roots, the show will be Sunday night staple viewing for the considerable future.

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ManofLondon Reads: One Day. David Nicholls’ one for the lads.

The book has been one of the biggest sellers in the U.K. What has made the book a staple read on the London transport system?
My view is that its success is down to it being a love story men can relate to.

Every man can see part of himself in protagonist Dexter Mayhew, while at the same time wishing he could ooze charisma in the effortless way he does.

His infatuation with Emma, which spans over twenty years, is an extreme version of feelings men stereotypically have trouble expressing. (Although us modern men don’t have that problem, of course!).

Nicholls has written a love story that the modern man can relate too. The timescale which story takes place encompasses a large part of his life.

From Young Dexter’s boyish charm he uses to succeed in television, to the utter panic he faces when being left with his newborn daughter alone for the first time, we see someone who is truly human.

Man of London had the exclusive chance to ask Mr. Nicholls what character he related to the most, and somewhat surprisingly, he didn’t choose either of the main characters: “I actually relate most to Ian. Especially when we see him as a father”. Quite the comment from someone who is very modest about his Dexter like charm over everyone in the room.

Dexter Mayhew exposes his most vulnerable side to an audience who didn’t expect to see it when they finished chapter one. One day is a new kind of love story. One written for the modern man, and one that is destined to be a classic in fifty years time.

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