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Couldn't get out of bed this morning. But the minute I did, the sun came out. Which places my mind in positive territory just in time for the debut Last Shadow Puppets album. 'The Age of the Understatement' contains a nicely rounded 12 tunes of smooth, cinematic 60's inflected pop that often continues the spaghetti Western feel of last weeks chart baiting taster. It's all executed with panache &am ...

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The Age Of Understatement by Last Shadow Puppets
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 17 April 2008
Couldn't get out of bed this morning. But the minute I did, the sun came out. Which places my mind in positive territory just in time for the debut Last Shadow Puppets album. 'The Age of the Understatement' contains a nicely rounded 12 tunes of smooth, cinematic 60's inflected pop that often continues the spaghetti Western feel of last weeks chart baiting taster. It's all executed with panache & humor, a real whirlwind of echo laden pop genius to appeal to all ages. Yes the kids will dig this but so will their parents & possibly grandparents too. Alex Turner & his Scouse compadre have produced an album that in one fell swoop encapsulates all that is exciting about pop music. It's shamelessly retro but alarmingly fresh. I feel like i'm being hurled through the musical cosmos inside a big space hopper here. The most obvious reference points are The Coral, Phil Spector, Scott Walker & Sergio Leone but this is distinctly the work of the young Arctic Monkey, his spiky, effortless prose punctuating these bulbous tunes with carefree abandon. Shout out to the young Rascal too, for the magic Liverpudlian touch is all over this dreamy blast from the past. I think old mentor Richard Hawley is possibly partly to blame for this nostalgia fest but these bands have to offer a nod & a wink to the past to confirm future glories I suspect. So I was a little cynical about the single but the album as a whole is a welcome diversion, a nice slice of kitch indulgence from two very talented young men with a penchant for soaring orchestral pop & the odd bit of Northern balladeering. (Is this the new McAltmont & Butler then???) LP/CD on Domino.


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