Kisses On The Bottom
He is one of the world's most successful songwriter who has written the most-covered songs in the history of popular music and changed the world by the age of 24 – he is Paul McCartney. So if he wants to record an album of neglected dishes from the great banquet of American popular music, he is fully entitled to do so. There is much pleasure to be gained from Kisses On The Bottom. There's some sensitive acoustic playing, and the lush arrangements help to swell familiar titles such as It's Only a Paper Moon, The Glory of Love and Bye Bye Blackbird. Get Yourself Another Fool and Irving Berlin's Always remind you just what a good singer the rocking knight can be. And after years of personal and professional earnestness, he sounds like he's having fun. To his credit, McCartney hasn't gone for an obvious selection of tracks. Of course there's history here which transcends these songs. This, after all, is an album from a man whose band effectively blew this style of popular music right out of the water half a century ago. Cynics may cast an eye over Kisses On The Bottom – but what McCartney accomplishes here, in the best possible sense, is an album ideally made for easy listening.
On The Shelf
Our pick of the NOT-TO-BE-MISSED books
The Flight Of Gemma Hardy
by Margot Livesey
Acclaimed, award-winning author Margot Livesey delivers a captivating tale, set in Scotland in the early 1960s, that is both a homage and a modern variation on the enduring classic, Jane Eyre. Fate has not been kind to Gemma Hardy, orphaned by the age of ten, neglected by a bitter and cruel aunt, sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student, young Gemma seems destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman with dreams of the future, she accepts a position as an assistant on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. But Gemma's biggest trial is about to begin – a journey of passion and betrayal, secrets and lies, redemption and discovery that will lead her to a life she's never dreamed.
An Available Man: A Novel
by Hilma Wolitzer
In this tender and funny novel, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer determines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around. When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn't feel available. He's still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching. But then his stepchildren surprise him by placing a personal ad in The New York Review of Books on his behalf. Soon the letters flood in, and Edward is torn between his loyalty to Bee's memory and his growing longing for connection. Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating, and his encounters are variously startling, comical, and sad. Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it's least expected. With wit, warmth, and a keen understanding of the heart, An Available Man explores aspects of loneliness and togetherness, and the difference in the options open to men and women of a certain age.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Xbox 360
Whether you loved or hated Final Fantasy XIII, anyone who cares about its sequel wants to know how it compares: is it better than FFXIII? How different is it? Well, Final Fantasy XIII-2 definitely improves upon XIII – in some ways. Each location you visit has a number of time gates, for which you need an 'artefact' to unlock each one. Some artefacts are obtained through the story and are integral to the main quest, while others, that you may stumble upon whilst exploring, unlock areas off the path. Once you've unlocked a time gate, the node it links to on the Historia Crux will be open for you to explore henceforth. As you unlock more and more locations the possibilities for exploration increase dramatically. One of the best parts of the Historia Crux structure is that it allows the player to selectively go back to key moments in the game and replay them to see different outcomes. Once you've obtained the Gate Seal for a particular node on the map, you can 'close' the gate, resetting the time to when you first stepped through it, so you can experience that portion of the story again, and as many times as you'd like. And since the story contains branching decisions here and there, being able to reset individual story moments makes it easy to see all possibilities without actually having to replay the entire game multiple times.
MAG's Trilogy Pick of the Week
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Second only to Harry Potter, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn tops the list of the romantic movies in 2011 as the biggest release of the year in the romantic movies genre.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
This strangely named movie with unusual punctuations named Crazy, Stupid, Love shows us how tough it is being a simple person in this increasingly complex world. A must watch for any movie lover.
Friends With Benefits
This film shows what countless other movies have shown but yet it manages to inject some freshness into the dilemma. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake might very well be the only reason this movie got a decent rating as their on-screen chemistry is great.
Lifted right off a bestselling novel of the same name, One Day is an in-depth analysis of life and how it twists ambition and emotions of unexpecting but hopeful people. Two students on their graduation day decide to meet on the same date every year and tell the other how life has turned out for them.
Just Go With It
Is a typically Adam Sandler rom-com (romantic comedy) which is full of his witty frolics and perfectly timed accidents! This time around, he is a doctor who lies to his girlfriend that he is married when he is not. The only way out is to make his beautiful assistant pose like his soon to be ex wife so that his cover is not blown.
Top Five Releases This Week
Soul Calibur V (PS3 & Xbox 360)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3 & Xbox 360)
Mutant Mudds (3DS)
King Arthur II: Dead Legions (PC)
Speed Blazers (iOS)
The Kills – 'Last Goodbye'
Lil Wayne feat. Bruno Mars – 'Mirrors'
Metallica – 'Beyond Magnetic EP'
Radiohead – 'Bloom (Jamie xx remix)'
Cloud Nothings – 'Stay Useless'
The Flight Of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
An Available Man: A Novel by Hilma Wolitzer
All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley
Pineapple Grenade: A Novel by Tim Dorsey
Stealing Magic by Marianne Malone