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A family reunion prompted by Mom's illness brings Hannah and her sisters together in a standalone mini-movie, and the gang aren't missed at all
Spoiler Alert: this blog is published after the Us transmission; the UK broadcasts the episodes a week later.
• Read Rebecca Nicholson's episode eight blogpost
It was about time Hannah went home. Much like this episode, her previous visit in season one's The Return made Girls feel like a different show. To my mind this was a self-contained mini-movie with its own mood and tone. It's also refreshing to have a break from selfish 20-somethings for a while, even if they are replaced by selfish 50-somethings indulging in later-life narcissism. And that final twist was a genuine shock, much to the credit of June Squibb, who did a wonderful, scene-stealing job as Flo.
This was an explanation of Hannah and a warning for her, too: »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Half of the brilliant duo that transformed 1950s pop music
With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.
The Everly Brothers' breakthrough hit was Bye Bye Love (1957), still regarded as one of their most impressive creations. Up to that point, Don and Phil had been chipping away at the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee, with limited success. Bye Bye Love topped the country charts, but more significantly soared to No 2 on the pop charts, just »
- Adam Sweeting
2 items from 2014
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