CD £9.49 RTRADCD631
CD on Rough Trade in lovely fold-out comic pack inc. 2 bonus tracks!!!!!.
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Everybody's favourite no wave, comic drawing, indie rock dude returns with a new album that picks up where his last “proper” LP “Em Are I” left off. This record was recorded on an analogue tape machine in England. Its' a sweet album. It doesn't have the spattering blasts of garage rock, that adorned his last 3 or 4 releases. This LP could share the same aural space as Herman Dune or a more polished Adam Green. There are some sweet melodic moments, lots of amusing stories (lyrically Lewis is one of the best writers of bittersweet, often funny vignettes) and it comes in a wraparound comic sleeve, drawn by Lewis himself. Some songs are concise and slightly maudlin, other songs have a real stream of consciousness feel. Take “So What If I Couldn't Take It” for example, its a pretty good song and the lyrics are sprawling, and quite funny. I guess that's what JL does. The marriage of humour, pathos and bizarre comic art. This LP does have some genuinely lovely moments that could melt even the hardest of hearts. The playing by Jeff's backing band is also really good, they sound quite like the best country rawk band ever sometimes, other times they take the no wave thing and turn it on its pretty little head. This LP should delight devotees of JL and mebbe even ensnare some new listeners. Great stuff from one of underground musics best kept secrets...
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