VINNY PE­CU­LIAR

Down the Bright Stream

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Shadrack and Duxbury Records TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Singer-song­writer Vinny Pe­cu­liar (aka Alan Wilkes) doesn’t re­ally fit in any­where: he’s too old for the cool kids, too odd for the main­stream, too quintessen­tially English for his mu­sic to travel. And yet he man­ages (just about) to re­lease an al­bum ev­ery few years for a small but ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence who recog­nise his awk­ward kind of bril­liance. Blend­ing sen­si­ble lev­els of nos­tal­gia and sen­ti­ment ( English Vil­lage, Cat­a­logue Trousers, I Only Stole What I Needed, The Doo Kum Inn) with res­ig­na­tion ( Girl at the Bar) and wit ( The King of Pop, Antony Gorm­ley), Down the Bright Stream suc­ceeds so well be­cause the ve­rac­ity of the largely au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal lyrics makes it in­tact and in­vul­ner­a­ble. Part Pulp, part Kinks, and very much part Pe­cu­liar, this is ob­ser­va­tional, punk-tinged song­writ­ing at its best. vin­nype­cu­liar.com

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