Re­view: The Last Shadow Pup­pets still an­chored in ‘60s, ‘70s

‘Every­thing You’ve Come To Ex­pect’

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ALEX Turner and Miles Kane have let eight years go by since the de­but of their Last Shadow Pup­pets project, but “Every­thing You’ve Come To Ex­pect” again re­flects their de­vo­tion to late ‘60s-early ‘70s sounds even as the lyrics and themes are de­cid­edly of to­day.

Turner, of Ar­tic Mon­keys fame, and bo­som buddy Kane again rely on pro­ducer/drum­mer James Ford and skilled ar­ranger Owen Pal­lett while adding Zach Dawes on bass and record­ing in Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Stu­dios in Cal­i­for­nia in­stead of Europe.

That makes sense con­sid­er­ing they both live in Los An­ge­les now and seem to have adapted eas­ily to the sen­su­ous as­pects of Hol­ly­wood life. This adds a kind of heav­i­ness to the pro­ceed­ings on sev­eral songs, though the ag­ile string sec­tion of­ten helps lighten the mood.

“Sweet Dreams, TN” is a Roy Or­bi­son drama sung with Billy Idol’s snarl and vo­cab­u­lary, while “Mir­a­cle Aligner” sounds like an R-rated episode of “The Per­suaders” star­ring Roger Moore and Tony Cur­tis. “The Dream Syn­op­sis” ends the al­bum on Turner’s na­tive Sh­effield turf.

Other stand­outs in­clude opener “Avi­a­tion” and its “gloomy conga of glum look­ing beau­ties” and “Bad Habits,” three min­utes of Iggy Pop in­ten­sity pro­pelled by a driv­ing rhythm and sump­tu­ous strings.

The years have left their mark. Turner and Kane are both 30 now and The Last Shadow Pup­pets have moved from un­der­state­ment to overindul­gence, but the songs still pass qual­ity con­trol.

(PABLO GORONDI/As­so­ci­ated Press)

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