ALIEN EN­VOY Loads Self Pos­sessed Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY

With one foot in the mu­sic world and the other in film, there is al­ways a dan­ger that Nick Kelly will spread him­self too thinly. Ac­tu­ally, much of the sec­ond al­bum by Alien En­voy, the for­mer Fat Lady Sings front­man’s solo ve­hi­cle, seems tai­lored for sound­tracks – be it the Randy New­man-es­que pi­ano bal­lad Small Loads or the softly plucked Sam and An­dre, a song that re­counts the un­usual friend­ship be­tween Sa­muel Beck­ett and An­dre the Gi­ant. Amidst the ru­mi­na­tive bal­ladry, Kelly is pro­fi­cient in histri­on­ics, but opener Res­o­lu­tion’s hu­mor­ous blast of punky rock is a stand­out. Kelly’s in­sis­tence on adapt­ing an Amer­i­can singing ac­cent is puzzling though for­giv­able, but it makes for a con­sis­tent al­bum, rather than a par­tic­u­larly thrilling one. nick­

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