The Distractions declare an end to their long career (although said career did have a three-decade gap in it) with their third album, Kindly Leave The Stage. By making an active decision, the band get to fully define their exit, with at least half the album’s tracks being actively about departure or endings. Lovely melancholic guitar pop, released by Occultation.
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This review is dedicated to my dad who is currently recovering from a hernia operation. I think I'll take this over to him whilst he fills his days dreaming of the day he can cut the lawn once again. He loves the Distractions and has a couple of times tried to get me into them too. Without much success I have to add but I'm happy to hear that the band that left a 32 year gap between their first and second albums have now conjured up a third though that news is tempered by the fact that they've announced it will be their last.
Their brand of indie pop is nicely unpolished but very mature. Theirs is a world of 'classic' songwriting and tasteful arrangements with Mike Finney's baritone voice being the only fly in the sweet ointment. 'Last to Leave' melodically imagines a world where Lloyd Cole and the Commotions reconvened for one last go with a lovely infectious chorus and that sort of wobble in the voice that can send tingles down the spine. The Distractions world moves slowly - you don't get instant pop hits but instead a lot of the songs require your utmost patience. There's a nice smoky feel to a lot of the tracks that perhaps aptly signal the end of something, there are elements of the Orchids and Edwyn Collins in a lot of this but the Distractions dictate their own pace and you need to take the time to enter their world.
The traditional songwriting showcased here is not perhaps for people like me who need a bit of an edge and punk to their indie pop but this will be perfect for my dads recovery. He has time on his hands - he'll love this.
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