Mark Ronson is back with his third full length release, ‘Record Collection’. Its been three years since the release of star studded ‘Version’ and although his new effort doesn’t feature AS MANY big name guest vocals, it certainly matches up to its brilliance. I’ve never been a hardcore fan of Ronson’s albums, there have been a handful of tracks that stand out for me like his version of Kaiser Chiefs ‘Oh My God’ featuring Lily Allen and some faultless pop anthems such as his rework of The Zutons ‘Valerie’ with Amy Winehouse, but in terms of loving an album from start to finish, I just haven’t.
With ‘Record Collection’ I think this may be about to change. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is quite simply one of the best indie pop records I’ve heard in 2010 so far and really set the bar for the rest of the album as its opener. I was unsure of its follow up single ‘The Bike Song’ on first listen, perhaps because I was nervous it was going to turn into some sort of homage to Queen’s ‘Bicycle Race’. Thankfully it didn’t and instead spirals into a perfectly catchy and laidback tune perfect for a summers afternoon.
The collaborations within Ronson’s latest effort are a real mixed bag. From underground heroes such as everyones favourite Baltimore MC’s Spank Rock, to big name jailbird Boy George. Guessing this line up in advance would’ve been an impossible task. I’m personally a big fan of his decision to feature Rose Elinor Dougall (Formerly of The Pipettes) so heavily. If you’re lucky enough to catch Ronson and his team live, you should be happy to find Dougall as part of his permanant touring band.
Overall, this release is a real contender for the Best of 2010 lists we’ll be starting to compile shortly, don’t let it pass you by.
‘Record Collection’ hits stores on September 27th, but if you can’t wait til then, its available to stream in all its glory on We7 right now.