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Jeff Beck And Johnny Depp Review, 18: Facile Hollywood Back-Slappery

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It’s hard to imagine the level of intoxication and/or self-delusion that convinces someone that a record this weak would be a grand comeback statement

Given the backlash afforded to Paul McCartney for featuring a video of Johnny Depp in his Glastonbury set – despite Depp winning his recent high-profile defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard – you might imagine it’s still a touch too soon for the sometime-Hollywood Vampires guitarist to be relaunching his music career. Yet here he is, crossing fretboards with ex-Yardbird Jeff Beck on the collaborative album that he famously missed the court ruling to tour. We can only presume that, having heard the record, Depp knew his music career was finished anyway, so what the hell.

It’s hard to imagine the level of intoxication and/or self-delusion that convinces someone that a record this weak would be a grand comeback statement. It’s tough enough to find any coherent purpose to it, beyond facile Hollywood back-slappery. Three of the record’s 11 – eleven – incongruous covers, seemingly selected by lobbing darts at a Spotify genre cloud, involve Beck showcasing his sub-Dave Gilmour, cruise ship guitar work by playing the vocal lines on instrumental takes of Davy Spillane’s “Midnight Walker” and a couple of Beach Boys tunes.

When Depp gets involved things often, somehow, get worse. Dennis Wilson’s “Time” becomes a schmaltzy glower. An out-of-nowhere soul section (The Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”) plods by with Depp offering frail, soulless falsettos. And there should be laws against what they do to The Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs”. Its lascivious menace is ground down into sexless Hollywood goth rock, which manages to be overly bombastic despite everyone involved sounding as though they’re actually living out the song’s wish to “sleep for a thousand years”.

The pair have sporadic successes. Depp’s melancholy take on The Everly Brothers’ “Let it Be Me” is genuinely touching. They emulate the ragged original of John Lennon’s “Isolation” fairly accurately. And Killing Joke’s “Death and Resurrection Show” is the album’s highlight, all meaty industrial tech-rock voiced by a post-apocalyptic mecha-Depp. Nobody’s here for any of that though. The entire album acts as superfluous jewellery box padding for Depp’s two original songs, which are of far more interest for the intrigue as to whether they might be about Heard than for their artistic merits.

“This is a Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr” – referencing the 1930s German actor who was “cancelled” over nude scenes she hadn’t approved – is plain awful, a lacklustre soft rock anthem-by-numbers that only serves to expose Depp’s kindergarten-level songwriting skills. He fares slightly better mumble-rapping like a down-at-heels Sunset drunk over the grimy clatter of “Sad Motherf***in’ Parade”, a much belated, very sweary answer to Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt” from 1992. “If I had a dime it wouldn’t reach your hand,” Depp mutters darkly at an unnamed “bad luck b****”, admitting: “I’m raggedy I know, but I have no stain”. Twitter will make of that what Twitter will, but it would also be advised to seek significance in the barely conscious jazz bar cover of Janis Ian’s “Stars”. “People lust for fame,” Depp dribbles, half-heartedly, “Some of them are crowned, some of them are downed, some are lost and never found.” If Depp’s to be rediscovered, though, it sounds like it’ll be in movies.

“This is a Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr” – referencing the 1930s German actor who was “cancelled” over nude scenes she hadn’t approved – is plain awful, a lacklustre soft rock anthem-by-numbers that only serves to expose Depp’s kindergarten-level songwriting skills. He fares slightly better mumble-rapping like a down-at-heels Sunset drunk over the grimy clatter of “Sad Motherf***in’ Parade”, a much belated, very sweary answer to Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt” from 1992. “If I had a dime it wouldn’t reach your hand,” Depp mutters darkly at an unnamed “bad luck b****”, admitting: “I’m raggedy I know, but I have no stain”. Twitter will make of that what Twitter will, but it would also be advised to seek significance in the barely conscious jazz bar cover of Janis Ian’s “Stars”. “People lust for fame,” Depp dribbles, half-heartedly, “Some of them are crowned, some of them are downed, some are lost and never found.” If Depp’s to be rediscovered, though, it sounds like it’ll be in movies.

Source: Independent

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Bob Marley’s ‘Stir It Up’ featuring Sarkodie; beautiful work, should be embraced – Bisa Kdei

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Photo: Sarkodie x Bob Marley

Ghanaian highlife musician Bisa Kdei has made an interesting comment on The Bob Marley and the Waillers-Sarkodie feature.

According to the highlife artiste, ‘stir it up’ is a beautiful piece of work which should be embraced.

The musician speaking with Daniel Kweku Dadson, on the Rainbow entertainment ( Rainbow 92.4Fm ) described the project a beautiful piece of work.

Kdei on describing the feature a beautiful piece of work said,

“I think it’s beautiful. It is something beautiful. I would be proud if I were asked to be featured on a Michael Jackson song. I would be so honored. It’s a beautiful thing”.

He added: “Bob Marley is a legend. People still pay attention to him. This is something his spirit will appreciate. Sarkodie’s work is stunning. The people’s love for beautiful songs has triumphed over their hatred. It’s beautiful, and it’s something we should embrace.”

Photo: Bisa Kdei’s listening party in UK

Kdei recently staged a successful listening party for his fourth studio album, titled “Original,” in the United Kingdom. The listening party which saw Bisa Kdei collaborate with some of the best musicians on the African continent was held at the Cafe Koko in Camden.

The “Original” album since its release a few days ago has racked up impressive streaming numbers, as it was the third-most streamed album on Audiomack earlier this week.

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Kwame Baah sets to launch a global BUSINESS plug for musicians and all entertainers

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Photo: Kwame Baah, a digital marketing expert and a content manager.

Ghanaian digital marketing expert, Kwame Baah is set to launch a global business agency for artiste booking.

“The  primary focus of Get the Artiste is to  bridge the gap between artistes and people or businesses who need talent for various engagements, be it a concert, event, Tv show or guest appearances” Baah told mediaplugafrica.

He explained: “Booking agency is not anything new, is all over the world so it’s nothing new. We are just trying to bring it over here in Ghana  so that our artiste easily  get to be connected with locally and internationally”.

K. Baah currently manages,  strategize, grooms and promotes most of the big names in the Ghanaian music industry.

The official  launch of K. Baah’s initiative “Get The Artiste” will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the 3Music Headquarters, Accra at exactly 5pm.

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Ed Sheeran returns to social with an emotional personal announcement

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British singer Ed Sheeran took to his Instagram to share an emotional personal announcement following his return to social media after a two-month break.

In a video he shared on Instagram, The singer, 31, admitted he has been emotionally detached for much longer.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to address his absence. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

“I realise I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I’m sorry, it’s my fault. Ed said in a video.

“The reason I’m making this video is, just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not, when I wasn’t feeling like that.

“And I know that sounds weird but hence I’m making this video to say things are looking up and I’m back online.

“Weird s*** is going to start being posted here.”

Ed Sheeran did not elaborate on what ‘turbulence’ he’d endured. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

However, Ed  did not elaborate on what “turbulence” he’d endured, In February, he lost his close friend Jamal Edwards who tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. Three months later, Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they had welcomed a baby daughter.

In November, Ed told his followers that he was taking a break from social media, after wrapping up work on a new music video.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap overlooking a beach, he penned the caption: ‘Signing off now until 2023. See you in the new year. Much love, Ed x.’

According to daily mail, the singer is in the middle of a worldwide tour, and is currently performing a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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