LUKE HAINES

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New York in the ’70s

Cherry Red ★★★

You have to hand it to Luke Haines, for­mer front­man of The Au­teurs and Black Box Recorder, and (for quite some time now) cul­tur­ally as­tute pop mu­sic con­trar­ian. De­scribed by Haines as a “mythic reimag­in­ing of the New York rock’n’roll scene, 197279,” New York in the ’70s is the fi­nal part of his con­cept tril­ogy, fol­low­ing 9½ Psy­che­delic Med­i­ta­tions on Bri­tish Wrestling of the 1970s and early ’80s (2011) and last year’s Rock and Roll An­i­mals. Self-ex­plana­tory as the ti­tle is, it still doesn’t pre­pare you for how clev­erly Haines con­structs such an in­sight­ful and know­ing pas­tiche. Drone City is the Sui­cide that we all know and love; Lou Reed Lou Reed is a down­town Man­hat­tan drug­gy­groove that’s as silly as it’s sin­cere; and Dolls For­ever is, as Haines him­self says “corny, but in a good way”. Just like the al­bum, then. luke­haines.co.uk Down­load: Drone City, Lou Reed Lou Reed, Dolls For­ever

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