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- The Butcher's Voice by Stuart Warwick
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Here’s the second album to be released under Stuart’s “married name”, apparently. I’m not sure what maiden name the previous ones came out under. Anyway, this one’s got a wacky collage on the cover which prominently features musclebound trans-man and adult film star Buck Angel, who weirdly looks like a steroid-pumped cross between our very own Brian and Ross Kemp, presumably a play on the fact that Stuart has a plaintive and high-pitched falsetto delivery like that Antony from them Johnsons or that Rufus Wainwright which also messes with people’s ideas of gender identity sometimes. The insert has some wacky cobbled-together fake sleeves too, including a very funny one with a picture of a horse proclaiming “I’m In Your Lasagne”!
Aside from that aforementioned soaring falsetto, this album is full of chiming electronic-tinged pop songs with a nice balance of quietudinosity and anthemicism. There are quite minimal, pumping, fat-sounding beats and quite a lot of piano. Sometimes I feel the balladeering can get a bit meandering but then I always felt that about A&tJs too and I can’t deny they were bloody lovely in the right mood, and frankly even at its most doleful this is cheerier than they ever were!
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