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Llectronic music can be such po-faced twaddle sometimes. so when someone shows up With a sense of humour and breaks big enough snap your spine like a drinking straw. it's difficult not to fall at their feet and worship them as the second coming

Scott Heren is not the reincarnation of Christ (we checked) but he does know how to gather together tons of itchy hip hop beats. crunky squelches. hums. burps and other garbled disc0urse into one celebratory suncase.

Tracks never outstay their welcome. 'Perverted Undertone' shuffles along like an 83- year old Eno. while ‘Storm Returns'. Herren's collaboration With skater/’hoboi’troubad0ur Tommy Guerrero. is nothing short of Sublime. Cut this up With the fader abusmg frenzy of ‘The End of Biters' and you have an album With enough textures and flavours to keep y0u rooting around in for months.

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Huey Lewis looked middle-aged back in the mid 808. when he urged us all to get With the ‘Power Of Love'. Almost 20 years on. auld Cajun- preface looks . . . middle aged. At least there has been a slight temporal shift in his mUSIC away from nasty SynthS and back to more trad instruments.

Most of this album [8 a big joke for Huey his huge band and selected friends havrng a fine time playing raucous but mediocre blues/'SOuI- driven rock'n'roll between mouthfulls of gumbo. The album has a few moments to saVOur. though: there's a seamless verSion of Costello's ‘Everyday I Write the Book' and a SOUr little (aunt called ‘I Never Think About You'. (Paul Dale)



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This. of COurse. is nothing like them. but it does contain some of the best tunes Robinson has recorded in a while. At the helm is OaSis arranger Paul Stacey. so it retains that slightly modish flav0ur of anaesthetised nostalgia. ‘COuId you Really Love Me' is a sweet song shot through With the Spirit of Elton John Circa Tumbleweed COnneCt/on. ‘Fables'. ‘Sunday SOund' and ‘Ride' certainly show an impressive understanding of the structural rules of low- slung painful SOul music. Certainly wonh a listen. (Paul Dale)




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