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Twenty years apart

Published January 19, 2020

Twenty years apart

James Corden’s latest riff off sees him take on Camila Cabello in a slightly fake debate about which is better for music - 1999 or 2019. You can see the results below but I’m pretty sure they came to the wrong conclusion. Even within the video itself, the older songs are so much better! Camila is a far superior singer to James, I’m sure he’d agree, but even she can’t make Old Town Road sound better than Smooth.

The truth hurts

Published January 19, 2020

The truth hurts

Having loved both For All Mankind and The Morning Show, I was expecting big things from the next AppleTV+ adventure – this time, a crime mystery with a podcast host at the helm. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite stand up to the competition even within its own broadcaster, let alone looking further afield. Let’s start with the good, though, the cast were great and they did the best they could with the scripts they had.

Fantastic by Wham!

Published January 18, 2020

Fantastic by Wham!

Yay for lovely Wham! I thought the album wouldn’t stand up to Club Tropicana, and while that is clearly the best song of the eight, the rest isn’t so far behind. There was a bit more falsetto than I’d expected but mostly it’s George and Andrew doing what they do best.

Rare by Selena Gomez

Published January 18, 2020

Rare by Selena Gomez

I really quite liked this album. It’s a strong pop offering, with Selena being her usual truthful, raw and honest self. I think, perhaps, there were no stand out tracks on the album, at no point did I think ‘this is a great song’ but as a whole, I really enjoyed it.

Finding My Voice by Nadiya Hussain

Published January 17, 2020

Finding My Voice by Nadiya Hussain

I listened to the audiobook version of this - an intensely personal memoir from Nadiya Begum of Bake Off fame - and it was lovely to hear it read by the author, who has a lovely voice to listen to and a really honest warmth that you just gravitate towards. The structure of the book was slightly different to other memoirs, each chapter introducing Nadiya from another point of view - as a wife, a mother, a daughter, an in-law and much more.

Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett

Published January 15, 2020

Calling Major Tom by David M Barnett

Despite the title of this book, I hadn’t realised it was partly set in space. It’s not really a science fiction story though, despite the man being on a potentially one-way trip to Mars. Instead, it’s a story about humanity, about connection, about redemption and more than anything, it’s about listening, understanding, helping and just plain being kind.

Love is all you need

Published January 12, 2020

Love is all you need

Stumbling across the TV show Modern Love was a weird experience – it was promoted on the Apple TV homepage and warranted further investigation. When we saw it was created by John Carney, who was also behind some of our favourite Dublin-based films, then it was a given we were going to watch this one. Anthology series’ aren’t always my favourite, but when they’re done well, like Black Mirror and now like Modern Love, they are a gem.

In or out of the Arcade

Published January 12, 2020

In or out of the Arcade

When Apple Arcade launched, I was very excited and blogged about it a couple of times. I intended to try ALLLLL the games, even though there were over 100 at launch and the collection was only going to grow. If I’m honest, I tried out a handful, mostly the ones mentioned in those prior blog posts and realised the rest didn’t really appeal. And now, for the moment, I’ve cancelled my Arcade subscription.

Enjoy Yourself by Kylie

Published January 11, 2020

Enjoy Yourself by Kylie

There was a lot of Kylie on over Christmas, so I thought it was about time to dip my toe back in the Stock, Aitkin and Waterman waters. This is Kylie’s second album and it’s stacked full of that traditional late 80s, early 90s pop sound - a bit formulaic but still quite fun.