8/10 Mike Staff review, 01 May 2012
Jesus H. Foxx are a Scottish seven-piece who include three guitarists and a cornet/glockenspiel player within their ranks. This long-player here came together “almost immediately” over the course of two and a half years, apparently, and is what they call in the business a “mixed bag”, encompassing everything from shimmering almost neoclassical loveliness to bouncy Talking Heads-ish smooth pop. Their singer (Michael Hunter I believe but so many of them provide vocals it's hard to say for sure) has a really rich, deep voice that's well suited to this kind of material and twinned with the warm, rich arrangements there's often quite a pronounced Tindersticks influence going on. This is more shambolic and lighthearted than those misery-mongers' usual fare, though, with quite a playful seam running through even the more serious tracks here for a bit of a slacker vibe, even drifting into afrobeat territory on the likes of 'I'm Half The Man You Were' and 'This Is Not A Rental Car'. There's good use of female backing vocals through the record as well, offering a bit of a '60s pop angle to proceedings. The tasteful delivery and breezy tunes are really winning me over, to be honest, and although there's plenty of influences on show it's hard to think of any specific band that they sound much like. The combination of lush orchestration and slacker delivery are totally charming. I'm enjoying this a lot. It sort of reminds me of both Architecture In Helsinki and Thee More Shallows but doesn't actually sound much like either of them. That's helpful isn't it.
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