BLACK GRAPE

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Pop Voodoo ★★★ UMC

A third Black Grape al­bum? There are many who would ar­gue that a se­cond was un­nec­es­sary, but here we are, 20 years after the re­lease of Stupid Stupid Stupid, with a new clutch of songs from Shaun Ry­der and co. Per­haps the most sur­pris­ing thing is that there are some half-de­cent (al­beit un­pro­gres­sive) songs here, not least the laid-back trip-hop of

Money Burns and the soul­ful funk-stomp of Shame, while the ram­bunc­tious ti­tle track de­fies you not to dance in your chair. Ry­der’s not afraid to get po­lit­i­cal; the open­ing track is a four-let­ter-word-strewn tirade against Don­ald Trump. Other tracks are less con­sid­ered, like the rhyming dic­tio­nary aw­ful­ness of Su­gar Money. When all is said and done, the voodoo here is neg­li­gi­ble - but nos­taglia car­ries these pop songs through, for the most part. black­grape­of­fi­cial.com

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