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Possibilities are Endless (12A) ***
One Sunday evening in 2005, Scottish musician Edwyn Collins suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.
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Beginning with interviews conducted in 2011, this strikingly original documentary traces his perilous path to recovery.
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One can only marvel at what a distance Collins has travelled in those nine years. Before the stroke Collins was positive there was no afterlife. "Now I'm not, we'll see what happens," he tells us. Paddy Kehoe
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The Coronas - The Long Way ***
This fourth album of tub-thumping rock won’t win any prizes for reinvention for The Coronas. However, there is no gainsaying the sheer emotional whack of these new songs, many of which hang forlornly on Danny O’Reilly break-up with television presenter Laura Whitmore.
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He examines the aftermath of romance with a mix of hurt and hope. The Coronas, or at least their lead singer, have got the blues and they sound all the better for it. The Long Way Home deserves some kind of international lift-off. Alan Corr
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Ariel Pink - Pom Pom ****
Like a one man episode of Family Guy, the flagrantly un-PC Ariel Pink has managed to start a small scale indie world moral outrage in the lead-up to this sprawling 17-track double album.
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Like music's very own Alan Carr crossed with Wayne Coyne, Pink is a bedroom demo geek who has evolved into a master of frazzled gonzo pop. Andy Warhol of lo-fi pop or puerile man child? Either way, Pom Pom is quite a trip. Alan Corr
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Jaime Nanci & The Blueboys - TOY
Already a long-established star in his own mind, self-styled lounge punk Jaime Nanci ushers us back into a golden bygone era on his sparkling debut album.
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It's an age seeped in romance and populated by rakish beautiful losers. With killer quintet The Blueboys providing a rolling, jazzy backdrop, the Dublin singer is a loveable rouge and TOY is an impishly seductive piece of work. Alan Corr
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Jennifer Evans - Works... ***1/2
Jennifer Evans took her time with her debut album - we're well over four years on from a calling card EP - and time is what the listener will have to free up plenty of to get the most from Works from the Dip and Foul. There are no quick clicks or obvious choices here.
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Evans has real from-the-floor-up power in her voice, and she wraps it around corkscrew arrangements where jazz sultriness and even the guitar parts of Fugazi are among the many reference points. Harry Guerin
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