1. ‘Tales of Us’, by Goldfrapp


    March 30, 2014 by Me and My Monkeys

    Tales of Us sounds like it always existed. It’s as if we’re remembering it rather than listening for the first …
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  2. ‘Hotel Valentine’, by Cibo Matto

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    March 29, 2014 by Me and My Monkeys

    After more than a decade, it’s nice to cosy up to a familiar brand of trip-hopping oriental strangeness. Once checked …
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  3. ‘Kisses on the Bottom’, by Paul McCartney

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    December 4, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    The title of this album prematurely confirmed to me that Paul McCartney remains driven by his twee demons rather than …
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  4. ‘King, Queen, Knave’, by Vladimir Nabokov

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    December 4, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    Omnipotence and clandestine authorial intrusion are a dirty, dangerous mix, but Nabokov handles his weapons with dexterity and charm in …
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  5. ‘Michael H. Profession: Director’, by Yves Montmayeur

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    August 3, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    Haneke doesn’t need a documentary to prove his credentials for a place among the crazy greats. It can’t hurt though. …
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  6. ‘Freedom’, by Jonathan Franzen


    February 23, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    Freedom is one of those novels that inhabits you, like it or not. The three key characters – Patti, Walter …
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  7. ‘The Alteration’, by Kingsley Amis

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    February 22, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    In The Alteration, lucky Kingsley Amis starts with an immodest premise and keeps on writing till he has a marketable …
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