A bright new light from Las Ve­gas

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

mu­sic which the young­ster pro­duces.

This is pop writ large, a colour­ful galaxy of riv­et­ing, bo­da­cious, cheeky, bright-as-a-but­ton tunes all bedecked in next sea­son’s sonic fin­ery. It also has more charisma and per­son­al­ity go­ing a-beg­ging than any of his na­tive city’s more gaudy and ques­tion­able at­trac­tions. Pop used to al­ways be ca­pa­ble of such colour­ful ges­tures, but few be­sides Bai­ley seemed to have copped to the joys of such an ap­proach.

The glory of Ratchet lies in the fact that it’s an al­bum made by a tal­ented young buck who is al­ready leaps and jumps ahead of where ev­ery­one is land­ing. What’s the point in work­ing to the script if you know your way to a bet­ter one?

With this in mind, Bai­ley shov­els styles and sounds around with aban­don, switch­ing course through­out be­tween dirty, Prince-friendly funk, jack-your-body house, bub­blegum r’n’b, skyscrap­ing in­diepop and the sort of bouncy roller­skate disco which is usu­ally the sole pre­serve of nos­tal­gists.

That he can map all of this line-blur­ring and gen­reshuf­fling to a fine dis­play of tunes is the key de­tail in Ratchet’s suc­cess as an al­bum. Be it the smartly re­alised lyri­cal punch of On the Regular or the play­ful shuf­fle of In For the Kill, Bai­ley tells the story of his life and sur­round­ings with style, sub­stance and a whole lot of pizzazz. Pop’s plea­sure prin­ci­ple in full ef­fect. twit­ter.com/shamir­bai­ley

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