Pop Voodoo UMC 4/10 Shaun and Ker­mit sink like subs on saggy come­back Var­i­ous Happy Mon­days re­unions have failed to bear worth­while fruit, so now Shaun Ry­der’s hav­ing a crack with his other band. Sup­pos­edly the pres­ence of lyri­cal spar­ring part­ner Ker­mit brings the best out of Ry­der, but more than ever he sounds like the wheez­ing old guy in your lo­cal, strug­gling to re­call last week’s tabloid head­lines. Mu­si­cally, Pop Voodoo misses the in­put of Danny Saber, ar­chi­tect of the first al­bum’s bawdy car­toon funk. “whiskey, wine And Ham” is the only track that re­ally pops, en­livened by a rare burst of clas­sic Ry­derese (“Butch­ers chas­ing doc­tors/ Fol­lowed by helicopters/You’re all just ob­nox­ious”). Oth­er­wise it’s slim pick­ings from men a long way past their prime.

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