HUGH LAURIE: Let Them Talk (inset).With lines like “just remember me darling when I’m in 6ft of cold cold ground’’ you know you’re not exactly in for a barrel of laughs. Jeeves and Wooster seems a lifetime ago as the actor now famed for American medical series House gets stuck into New Orleans standards and lost blues classics from funereal dirges to deep blues to boogie woogie piano. Hugh says: “If you get 1,000th of the pleasure from it that I’ve had, we’re well ahead of the game.’’ He just gets stranger, but he sure can do splendid things with a piano.
MOBY: Destroyed.He continues to take synth pop to new dream-like levels and does so again with a mix of songs and instrumentals that have their own unique hooklines. Things never get more ethereal than the oh-so-gently euphoric Lie Down In Darkness. Anticipation, excitement and emotion all gets packed into tracks such as After. Moby suffers from insomnia and so gets up and puts his musical pen to good use. Let’s hope his affliction continues. His philosophy here seems to be to take you into a timeless sense of moody tranquillity. Some songs may start in a disconcerting way, but they usually make peace with you by the end.