JAMIE LENMAN

EX-REUBEN MAN BLENDS IN­TEL­LI­GENCE AND IMMEDIACY ON SU­PERB SEC­OND AL­BUM

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ ART IS about ac­tion and re­ac­tion. Jamie Lenman’s ex­cel­lent solo de­but, 2013’s Mus­cle Mem­ory, was a sprawl­ing, two-disc yin and yang odyssey that proved ex­haus­tive for the lis­tener and ex­haust­ing for its cre­ator.this fol­low-up twists those heavy and melodic arms into a more co­he­sive whole, re­sult­ing in tunes that are hon­ey­tongued yet hard-edged, of­ten dance­able, some­times dev­as­tat­ing. Like opener Hard­beat, Mis­sis­sippi re­calls Nine Inch Nails, with its caus­tic catch­i­ness mean­ing the heart­break­ing lyrics – chron­i­cling the death of Jamie’s fa­ther – fully st­ing on later lis­tens.thank­fully, this pro­cess of re­duc­tion hasn’t curbed the mu­si­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion on of­fer.the gla­cial pi­ano of Com­fort An­i­mal isn’t just achingly beau­ti­ful; it serves to fore­shadow an epic clos­ing ti­tle-track that starts at a plod­ding crawl but ends soar­ing on golden wings. Here Jamie de­clares ‘I am ir­rel­e­vant,’ which is patently un­true. He’s still a prodi­giously tal­ented song­writer, as Devolver re­minds us. DOWN­LOAD: Devolver. FOR FANS OF: Reuben, Nine Inch Nails. JAMES HICKIE

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