If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then the hearts of Ronnie James Dio’s fans have surely been beating our of their chests since 2010, when the man who once fronted Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath came to the end of a valiant battle and succumbed to stomach cancer.
For several years now, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have vowed that they’d be bringing back their comedically alcoholic characters Edina and Patsy for a full-length Absolutely Fabulous feature film, but as time passed, fans of the Britcom began to wonder if it was ever going to happen. At last, however, the wait is over: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is now in theaters, and – appropriately enough – its soundtrack is also now available digitally.
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
Cibo Matto, Stereo Type A: It was their second album, and for a decade it looked like it was destined to be their swan song, but a 2011 reunion changed that situation. From a sonic standpoint, Stereo Type A is very much all over the place, but not necessarily in a bad way. Indeed, any group who can manage to deliver heavy metal (“Blue Train”), hip-hop (“Sci-Fi Wasabi”), and singles like “Working for Vacation,” “Spoon,” and “Moonchild” while showing this much musical evolution from their debut album deserves your attention.