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- New York In The 70's by Luke Haines
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 May 2014
There is a school of thought that says Luke Haines idiosyncratic career is designed in such a way to provide him with material for his next book about his own wayward...I won’t say genius....talent maybe.....”and then you won’t believe what I did next.....” etc etc.
Here, he writes a concept album about New York in the ‘70’s....as you may expect from the title. The first track is called ‘Alan Vega Says’ and sounds very much like Lou Reed....again as you might expect. Next up ‘Drone City’ is a note for note remake of something Vega himself may have come up with in his Suicide days. The title track sounds very much like Go-Kart Mozart giving a potted history of the era in their own inimitable fashion. In fact sometimes you have to check the sleeve that this isn’t Lawrence’s latest attempt at pop infamy. Its quirky, its droll and its generally factually correct. The music takes obvious influence from Lou Reed, Television, Patti Smith and Suicide and is generally home produced and intimate sounding. How many times you can listen through before you want to strangle it remains to be seen though.
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