Mu­si­cal evo­lu­tion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS -

aka El­liot Gleave, pleas­ingly re­fuses to stick to a for­mula, even if it means swap­ping copy­cat hits for cre­ativ­ity on his lat­est re­lease, The Evo­lu­tion Of Man (Uni­ver­sal). The al­bum, his fourth, in­cludes Come Taste the Rain­bow, with wail­ing metal gui­tar de­signed to be played at fes­ti­vals. Close En­e­mies is dark ’80s elec­tro with a dust­ing of dub­step, while Queen Of Your Dreams is a hands-in­the-air moment that also comes with a mu­si­cal suck­er­punch. Not many dance acts would em­ploy Blur’s Gra­ham Coxon on song­writ­ing/ gui­tar du­ties – they com­bine on the de­lib­er­ately jar­ring Cry­ing Out For Help – while the great All My Lows (made with Mel­bourne’s Dirty South) man­ages to be both emo­tional and an an­them. Over­all, the al­bum is elec­tron­ica with imag­i­na­tion that makes for in­tense lis­ten­ing.

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