The pressure of expectation weighs heavy on this follow-up. Rose seems to be caught in a confused hinterland, torn between a failsafe formula and a desire for innovation. She has brought in strings to add extra nuance, and at points this is successful - ‘Sorrow’s violin punctuations add a lush, filmic feel, and on ‘Cliffs as High’ the teaming of strings and piano allows for unashamed lashings of Kate Bush melodrama.
The main discord lies in Rose’s seeming desire to maintain these more epic sounds whilst also making space for something smaller and more intimate. For all her efforts, the result is somewhat lacking in conviction – especially when set against her last album. If only Rose hadn’t made ‘Interstellar’ so damn good…
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The Blues Kitchen Brixton
This Brixton branch - on Acre Lane - is one of three Blues Kitchens in London. The others are in Camden and Shoreditch. Each follows the same theme - food of a southern American bent served to a soundtrack of live music. And while the music of the moniker does play more than a small part on the music programme, it's not all about the blues. Expect, too, swing, soul, bluegrass, Motown and themed nights - including a popular Halloween gig. There's usually something on every night of the week. The food menu takes in classic Deep South dishes, with New Orleans gumbo, catfish jambalaya, Texan brisket, St Louis pork rib and a creole bean burger. Canadian lobster, burger specials and jerk chicken salads also feature.
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