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Songwriter Eugene McGuinness is back with his second album this week, having cut his teeth in the backing band of the execrable Miles Kane before dropping a slick but promising debut LP on Domino. On 'Chroma' he's aiming for more of a live band sound, well suited to his lively and melodic songwriting, enlisting the help of the more-than-capable rhythm section of The Invisible for a collection of p ...

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Chroma by Eugene McGuinness
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7/10 Mike Staff review, 02 July 2014
Songwriter Eugene McGuinness is back with his second album this week, having cut his teeth in the backing band of the execrable Miles Kane before dropping a slick but promising debut LP on Domino. On 'Chroma' he's aiming for more of a live band sound, well suited to his lively and melodic songwriting, enlisting the help of the more-than-capable rhythm section of The Invisible for a collection of personable indie-rock ditties that fall somewhere between Cass McCombs and the Archie Bronson Outfit.   It's a very likeable collection. The songs are bouncy and melodic and economically arranged, with tasteful vocal harmonies and subtle bits of organ or pizzicato strings where needed. There's a nice Kinks/La's-inspired psych-pop kind of feel in places, although these songs are too concise and punchy to really qualify as psychedelia. Much like McCombs and Bronson, catchy songs seem to flow freely from McGuinness, and my one reservation here is the same as it was for those two troubadours' early records (although both have confounded my expectations since) - it's a beautifully constructed bit of indie-rock, and yet it's strangely lacking in personality, like a collection of other people's ideas meticulously and expertly arranged to form an anonymous but thoroughly palatable pop work. There's no denying the earnest craftsmanship that's gone into it though.

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