The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens from Big Star and Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood make guest appearances. 2LP and CD on 4AD.
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The strange thing is that I like Jellyfish, I can deal with the excesses Todd Rundgren, I forgive Paul McCartney. Sparks are definitely ok in my book.....but Lemon Twigs. Dear God they are awful. First up has anyone heard that voice? A scratchy tuneless racket like the sound that comes out of a rusty exhaust.
Opener Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart is the worst thing I've heard this year ...until I get to track two. Then the records keep tumbling. It's overbearing utter utter tripe. Music hall! It's fucking music hall. They can't help but slather big fucking choirs on everything. I'm three tracks in and can't quite believe what I'm hearing. All I can say is if you like Meatloaf then go for it. Be my guest. Jim Steinman not over the top enough for you? Go for it. Lap it all up.
I can't even be bothered with the concept they've wackily invented for this album which is apparently 'telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren'. Ha ha ha ha. Great. Bit of clickbait for the lads when that will get them on the music blogs. Not that they can't already pay for that type of hype. The really frustrating, frustrating thing is that occasionally they let the mask slip and prove that with the right tools they could construct well meaning pop music. Both 'Small Victories' and 'Wondering Ways' show that if the drop the schmaltz they know their way around classic pop melodies. But instead making music people might enjoy they spend the entire time dicking around with a stupid fucking smug look on their faces.
Like Paul McCartney stuck forever in a hellhole of 'Obli di obla da' type jauntiness this is unbearable to the point the authorities need to get involved and put a stop to it.
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