6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smoldering
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multiple Listening
B: Deserves Another Spin
C: Once Should Suffice

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SIMEON HAMMAN - 20 Gewildste Treffers (BMG)
Another Jurie Els product, this annoying little cute kid will have all the old tannies throwing their money. Some of the writers’ songs used here include
Leon Schuster, Jody Wayne and Dolly Parton. There is even a Lion King and Rugby medley. There are duets with Sonja Heroldt, Jurie Els and Claudi Hamman. Fine, it’s probably OK for kids who like to hear something from someone their own age, but, hey, come on…
- PB
1 / C

PJ HARVEY - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Mz Polly-Jean Harvey has one amazing voice and she sure as hell hasn’t lost it. Her sometimes strangely perceived persona has never detracted from her natural ability to encapsulate emotion, power, vulnerability and independence. It’s quite something. Co-produced by one of Nick Cave’s
Bad Seeds and Blixa’s Neubauten geniuses, Mick Harvey helps to bring out the natural attitude and emotion she cradles within her. This journey is filled with lyrical and spiritual richness that can be delved into more intensely with each repeated listen.
- PB
4 / A

HENRY ATE - Torn & Tattered (EMI)
If Karma-Ann Swanepoel was as short & glammy as Prince, she might’ve been the South African equivalent of the Paisley Ponce. Jumping from Henry Ate to Karma and back again, I don’t think it really made much difference. We all know (and many love) her voice. No real image or style change went with the name swapping, so why bother? All it does is have people like me talk about THAT in stead of the music. With this album we’re given a slightly more updated pop-rock filled sound as opposed to the acoustic brand which made her famous (but, it is by no means replaced). Some well-refined songs are scattered throughout this 15-tracker with blues and even Irish touches blended in. And as if it was all decided to get the styles out of the way in a row, you get the tedious Latin thing and then a Township Jive… With some music awards for past efforts and her continued Ou Tim/Sun connection, we’ll have to see what the broader opinion will result in when such time comes.
- PB
3 / C

SONJA HERHOLDT - 20 Gewildste Treffers (BMG)
Sonja became an Afrikaans popstar in the 70’s but seemed to fade through the mid to late ‘80’s. I recognise all these songs and some are them are more than just memorable, some are damn fine, like Jantjie, Waterblommetjies, Ta’ Mossie se Sakkie-Sakkie Boeredans (all by Anton Goosen) - but they’re unfortunately crammed into a medley. The other 19 tracks have many somber, passionate elements like Skipskop (David Kramer), Hillbrow (Koos Kombuis), The song Ek Verlang Na Jou (Jan DeWet) is another of her great hits, and possibly her most moving. The rest of the songs are relatively empty pop tunes while others have traditional folk elements. All the songs are in Afrikaans, including a translation of Jennifer Rush’s The Power Of Love. Sonja is an important SA musical figure and it’s good to see she’s still performing live.
- PB
4 / B

HIGH FIDELITY - Original Soundtrack
Unfortunately I missed this film, but the soundtrack succeeds in giving you a feel for the movie’s theme revolving around a vinyl junkie DJ. 15 tracks of good listening music ranging from
The Kinks to Stevie Wonder blend smoothly on this compilation. Now, when I say “good” listening music, please don’t get it confused with “easy” listening. Other great artists on here include The Velvet Underground, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Bob Dylan, Smog, Jack Black and Royal Trux. Elvis Costello again makes a turn (as he appears on quite a few soundtracks nowadays), while Stereolab and The Beta Band are not left far behind. Like I said, a good “listening” album. But, if ya wanna dance to it, no-ones gonna stop ya.
- PB
3 / A

HOLLOW - Modern Cathedral (Nuclear Blast)
With its roots firmly tucked into the classic metal genre,
Hollow's clear, definitive attack is a great alternative to the grunts, growls and screams we love so much. The great vocals by Andreas Stolz need no lyric sheet assistance as it couldn't be more crystal than this. At some stages though I feel it's a bit to clean and up front, a little reverb could've made his voice blend a little better with the classic metal structures in the music. Steady paced, timely and powerful progressive metal is what you'll find here. Besides the vocalist sounding so much like the Amorphis' backing vocalist of a few years back, even the music sounds a lot like it, but most of these guys were in Valkyrian. With their influence comfortably resting on the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the 80's (Lars of Metallica's speciality), Hollow is one of a number of bands not ashamed to play what they like.
- PB
4 / B

HUMAN TRAFFIC - original soundtrack
This is a great soundtrack of the rave movie that is said to be closer to the real thing than any before. It’s more underground energy makes it far more enjoyable than those annoying radio-rave House jokes. I mean, here you have great tracks by everything from
Fatboy Slim, Lucid and Interfearance, to Death In Vegas, William Orbit, Deadly Avenger and Orbital. What makes it even better is the second disc that is a non stop turntable mix by Pete Tong, of tracks that include Carl Cox, Energy 52, Pete Heller, Armand Van Helden, Underworld, Quake, System F, Durango, Primal Scream and Liquid Child. CJ Bolland also pop up a few times, including the flick’s theme. Besides that, you get some hip-hop tracks thrown in for good measure with Public Enemy and Grim (Itchy Trigger Finger Niggas) doing their thing. Mainly on the first disc, there are also numerous cool and humourous dialogue clips from the movie, summing up everything from the purpose of going out the whole weekend and losing it, to the vinyl dealer, the chemically induced realisations and come-downs. Even if you’re not into this kind of music in any shape or size, I think you might get into this great selection and should check it out before Dance Adrenalin 11, that’s for damn sure.
- PB
5 / A

RENE’ HUNTER (Gresham Records)
Listening to this South African offering, there is no reason why it shouldn’t stand tall next to any other Pop/R&B artists. Rene’ can sing, the songs hit the mark at which it is aimed and she’s a lovely looking lady. Its downfall is the terrible cover design. More effort thrown into this aspect will make such a difference. The 16 tracks are mostly commendable and deserve a listen if you like anything from
Janet Jackson and Celine Dion to Faith Evans and Toni Braxton. With her next album, Rene’ should be a far bigger star than Patricia Lewis…should…
- PB
3 / C