Peter Perrett was of course singer in the Only Ones who were most famous for the monumental 'Another Girl, Another Planet'. Here he returns with his sons in tow for his first music in over twenty years. The gentle Lou Reed ish compositions are overlaid with his distinctive drawled vocals. The sort of music that couldn't be made by anyone without an addiction to heroin and sunglasses.
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Peter Perrett is the sort of old school rocker whose long term drug abuse has not only affected a potentially successful career but has left him looking and perhaps also sounding like Dot Cotton. Pete Doherty - you have been warned. This is his first new music for 20 years and so any the Only Ones fans still alive have cause to rejoice. This is the man who wrote 'Another Girl, Another Planet' so let's show him some cocking respect eh?
Following on from the awful opening title track where he dribbles on about Kim Kardashian like an incontinent Lou Reed in an old peoples home, 'An Epic Story' is rather great. A surprisingly vibrant three minute piece of catchy Cockney-pop that shows traces of the pop punker of yore. Tracks like 'Troika' are story-led pieces that hit somewhere between Pulp, Lou Reed and the Libertines. They are full of the sort of of nostalgic regret that you'd imagine dominates the thoughts of Perrett these days...the past....
It really isn't a bad effort at all - I'm not a fan particularly of these kind of story songs but the record is well produced with plangent guitars and has an easy atmosphere that allows Perrett's ragged voice to sit on top. 'Man of Extremes' breaks from a stumbling verse to a rousing chorus and despite his limited singing ability Perrett never embarrasses himself. It helps that he's not fighting a hip and loud young band nor carrying a bunch of old timers. His sons have helped with this record and the instrumentation shows the sort of careful empathy that is needed to pull this album off. Fans of Perrett should indeed rejoice.
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