Posts from 21st April 2014

Apr 14

Game of Thrones S04E02: The Lion and the Rose

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Well, that escalated quickly.

One of the huge benefits of watching the HBO series over reading the books is that the story cuts to the chase much, much faster. The Purple Wedding seemed to take a geological epoch to actually happen in the book – onscreen we don’t get the pages and pages (and pages) of detailing the seventy-seven courses, the seven hundred and seventy-seven guests, blah blah blah.


USHER – “You Make Me Wanna…”

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#782, 31st January 1998

usherwanna Another piece of the present slots into place: if you leave out charity records, this is the first artist we’ve met to also have a Number One in the 2010s. Usher fits a model for pop stardom we’ll see more frequently as we get closer to now: a teenage prodigy with material good enough to stay the distance. He’s also – again, typically for his generation of stars – a highly adaptable performer. Every now and then he’ll put out something really startling, like 2012’s “Climax”, but it seems to me that more often an Usher record is smoothly and confidently on-trend.