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Been listening to this one loads over the past few weeks. And it has been lotsa fun!
This album has been a long time in the making and if you've heard the singles that have dribbled out over the past few years, picking up some decent press and airtime from both the mainstream and more leftfield outfits, then you won't be hugely surprised by what you find. Here and intact, for example, are the ramshackle Merseybeat-cum-surf of 'Heartbreak Girl' and the eminently catchy (if cornily titled) psyche-blues 'Love In My Veins', joined by newbies like the immensely pleasing Celtic/Eastern/Terry Bickers-esque wig-out 'Heading For The Waves'.
It's all good stuff, underpinned by great, simple songwriting and pulling off a neat trick in terms of its appeal. You can see why they've supported the likes of the world's foremost Mary Chain copyists, A Place To Bury Strangers. You can definitely see why they're so keen to namecheck Spacemen 3, at their more tuneful end, as their biggest influence. And yet you can also see why Radio 6, NME and Q have all picked them up. That will no doubt offend the rarefied sensibilities of the snobs and general know-it-alls but fuck that - it's a rather rare achievement to find any unity across those boundaries, and if The Lucid Dream's success in turn helps bring their musical influences to the attention of a wider audience then that's no bad thing.
All in all, actually one of the better records you'll hear coming out of this seemingly never-ending neo-psyche phase the world seems to be going through.
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