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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sad songs; happy tunes

Here's David Quantick's sterling review of The End Of The Pier in this month's Uncut (which may have got 100 Times and Boots mixed up in press): 





THE DISTRACTIONS
 The End Of The Pier
 OCCULTATION
 


9/10

That’s 32 years between albums… but worth the wait

We’re running out of time” are the first, perhaps apt words sung on the first Distractions album since Nobody’s Perfect (1980).  But if great pop is made of sad songs set to happy tunes, The Distractions are still a perfect pop group; while there’s melancholy in abundance, there’s also thunder in “The Summer I Met You”, glorious melody on “100 Times”, and even country soul on “Boots”.  Singer Mike Finney and guitarist Steve Perrin sound fresh-minted on songs informed by years of experience; which may be why, in the powerfully honest “Wise”, they’ve made the best song about a long-standing friendship/musical partnership I’ve ever heard.

DAVID QUANTICK

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