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Eight albums down the line, press darlings back in their mid 90’s hey-day and all I can tell you about Spearmint is that their singers name is Shirley. That’s it. That’s the entirety of my knowledge on the group. Anyway, this is their first album in ten years and it showcases their softer, less stadium friendly take on the Pulp sound. ‘Light That Shines From a Dead Star&rs ...

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News From Nowhere by Spearmint
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 May 2014

Eight albums down the line, press darlings back in their mid 90’s hey-day and all I can tell you about Spearmint is that their singers name is Shirley. That’s it. That’s the entirety of my knowledge on the group.

Anyway, this is their first album in ten years and it showcases their softer, less stadium friendly take on the Pulp sound. ‘Light That Shines From a Dead Star’ has a motorik groove which hints towards ‘Common People’ territory. Insane use of the vocoder.  Darker opener ‘Its Not Far To Fall’  is more like the slower material Pulp pedalled post-fame. The album showcases the bands position at the more thoughtful end of the Brit-Pop canon; I’m liking the ravey spoken word blast of ‘Children of the Sixties, Children of the 70’s’ which is full of faded photo nostalgia which will appeal to people my age,  even if the chorus doesn’t quite catch in the way one of Cocker’s might.


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