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Do­mes­tico Records

It seems any cre­ative per­son edg­ing to­wards their 60s and cor­ralled into the “crit­ics’ favourite” en­clo­sure is destined for cult sta­tus. UK song­writer Peter Bruntnell has been ply­ing his ex­cep­tion­ally fruit­ful trade for more than 20 years, fus­ing (and play­ing with) pop, rock, pow­er­pop, coun­try rock, psych-folk and Amer­i­cana – all to lit­tle com­mer­cial avail, it must be said. Not that we should worry, for the man’s 10th stu­dio al­bum is ar­guably his best since 1999’s sig­na­ture re­lease, Nor­mal for

Bridge­wa­ter. Back on rel­a­tively fa­mil­iar Amer­i­cana-pow­er­pop turf, su­perla­tive songs (co-writ­ten with Canadian song­writer Bill Ritchie) such as the Trump-be­rat­ing Mr Sun­shine and the teardrop-gor­geous

Caro­line prove yet again that – cult sta­tus or not – Bruntnell is up there with the very best. pe­ter­brunt­

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