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One day you are branding a ukulele and getting yourself signed to Paw Tracks, the next you are sounding uncannily like Gruff Rhys, performing knockabout summery pop music and being photographed in the bath on the front of your latest opus. He’s a funny one Dent May, he has a fairly good grasp of ‘70s influenced pop music that simultaneously references The Bee Gees and 10cc.
It's all fun in a chirpy kind of way, he reminds me of all those guys in the ‘90s to tried to recreate ‘Pet Sounds’ armed with a Casio SK5 and a solid attempt at falsetto. ‘Yazoo’ is a fairly wry ballad but keeps stumbling and falling apart, I’m not sure why. I said the last time I reviewed his music that there’s something very Farmers Boys about what he’s doing. It's a melodic, home-made attempt at sophisti-pop but falls short probably due to that same home made production and a lack of killer melodies.
His voice tends to grate after a while, seeming to be pitched at a point to hurt what's left of your ears. He doesn’t help by lurching into the Lilt advert on ’Corner Piece’ but if you were looking for an early Christmas present for the for the Gruff Rhys or Andrew Gold fan in your life then this well meaning but oddly flawed album might do the trick.
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