Bad Wiring by Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage

Prolific songwriter Jeffrey Lewis presents his new band The Voltage (same line-up as before though!) for what’s sure to be another thrilling entry in his vast discography. Bad Wiring is produced by veteran Roger Moutenot, and is released by Moshi Moshi as a regular vinyl, indies-only poppy red vinyl, or Dinked Edition pale blue vinyl. 

Limited Vinyl LP £17.99 MOSHILP97X

Limited edition, indies only poppy red vinyl LP on Moshi Moshi. Includes sticker sheet insert.

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Limited Vinyl LP £22.99 MOSHILP97D

Dinked Edition pale blue vinyl LP on Moshi Moshi. Comes in an exclusive die-cut sleeve with bonus 7" and sticker sheet insert. Numbered edition of 550 copies.

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Vinyl LP £20.49 MOSHILP97

Black vinyl LP on Moshi Moshi. Includes sticker sheet insert.

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Bad Wiring by Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage
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6/10 Will 13 November 2019

Oh my goodness, great balls of fire! It's only Jerry Lee Lewis' new album- what's that you say? No, it's Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage's new album 'Bad Wiring'! It's twelve tracks of pretty standard pub rock that trips along at a fair old pace, full of jaunty drum patterns and furiously strummed guitar. 

My favourite element of this album is Lewis' words. I'm a sucker for lyrics like "Depression, despair, I'll see ya there" delivered in a half-merry, deadpan way. He presents contradictions like "everything's fine except it isn't" and "you gotta have free will to live your preplanned life". I like the contrast between the bright, upbeat music and lyrics which speak to a very modern ennui. 

In its best moments, 'Bad Wiring' sounds like Modern Lovers-lite. I enjoyed the slightly meta experience of listening to the song 'LPs' right here in Norman Records; although, contrary to what the song says, everything is not "priced really high". Lewis reminds me a little of Jonathan Richman at his most quotidian and anxious. 

And yet, in the words of Mark Kermode, "now here's the thing". I can't help finding this album a little bit annoying in places. I'm all for idiot savant personas in lyrics but after a while it starts to grate, especially when the music is grindingly basic. Meat and potatos are enjoyable, but in moderation. Expand your palette, broheim. 

This record is enjoyable but falls down at its insistence to stay pedestrian. 


7/10 Manuel Customer rating (no review), 20th May 2020



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