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Chrissie Hynde’s second solo album has been a long time coming. It’s only five years since Stockholm, but Valve Bone Woe was originally inspired by her recording of Luck Be A Lady for Frank Sinatra’s 1994 Duets II album, with the concept encouraged by her version of Charles Trenet’s I Wish You Love for 1999’s Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack. Now, that song’s producer, Marius de Vries, with his La La Land soundtrack co-producer Eldad Guetta, have shaped a covers album at times predictable, at others wildly unexpected, with the first signs of adventure arriving early. How Glad I Am nods to Nancy Wilson’s unsurpassable 1964 version before blooming into a brassy wig-out, while The Beach Boys’ Caroline, No first appears conservatively jazzy, before early hints of space echo augur a dreamy dub excursion ahead. Absent Minded Me – from Streisand’s Funny Girl – opens romantically with strings and piano, but imperceptibly drifts into what could be The Orb, and Charles Mingus’ Meditation On A Pair of Wire Cutters receives a dramatically rhythmic overhaul. Some interpretations are reverential – like Sinatra’s I’m A Fool To Want You – but after she’s leant into Nick Drake’s River Man, and disappeared over the horizon as Ray Davies’ No Return ends, you’ll follow.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop we have a world exclusive interview with Duran Duran who reveal all about their forthcoming new studio album and the iconic show they played for NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A candid Gary Numan talks to us about his 40 years as a ground-breaking icon of electronic music and Kim Wilde explains why it’s taken her 38 years to release her first live album, plus we also chat to Metronomy’s Joe Mount about his band’s ambitious new studio LP.

For our latest album-by-album feature we examine the amazing back catalogue of Blur and we also look back at the technology that drove the electro revolution with the help of members of the Human League and Landscape. 

Our classic album is Prince’s Sign O’ The Times and we also meet his collaborator Cat Glover to hear about her recollections of the project.

Our packed new album reviews section includes Charli XCX, Kim Wilde, Bon Iver, Keane, Chrissie Hynde, The Brand New Heavies and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including Prefab Sprout, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Somerville, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. In our live reviews section, we check out shows by New Order, kd lang, Stevie Wonder, Jenny Lewis and more.

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