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LOST GIRLS

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★★★★

If Stranger Things’ 80s fetishisation has seduced you, it’s likely you’ll take Natasha Khan’s fifth album as a longterm lover. That said, to wake up with it might provoke a panic attack, so intense is the impression one’s slipped through a portal to Ronald Reagan’s California. She’s not alone in attempting this, obviously, and in fact may be a little late to the party: the album’s cover appears to employ the same typeface as fellow 80s fetishists M83’s 2005 album, Before The Dawn Heals Us, though it’s 2008’s Saturday = Youth’s neon-lit bombast that Desert Man most resembles. Furthermore, her mannered vocals – especially on Jasmine, where she breathily but awkwardly falls short of the icy demeanour of Propaganda’s Claudia Brücken – remind one that Aurora and Susanne Sundfør have recently explored similar territory. Still, Lost Girls is carefully conceived and lushly produced, its 80s sounds given extra polish and punch, with Vampires’ atmosphere loudly echoing Disintegration-era Cure and recollections of Eurythmics’ There Must Be An Angel and (really!) Dazz Band’s Let It All Blow on So Good. Furthermore, if that sounds unlikely, there’s something about Peach Sky that will have you reaching for T’Pau’s China In Your Hand.

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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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