PAUL DRAPER

Spooky Ac­tion 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Long-de­layed de­but from for­mer man­sun front­man PeTer WaTTS

Paul Draper started work­ing on Spooky Ac­tion in 2003 when Man­sun folded. A decade later, he re­vis­ited old demos and be­gan pulling to­gether this growl­ing elec­tro-rock odyssey with a mis­an­thropic un­der­tone (“Jeal­ousy Is A Pow­er­ful Emo­tion”; “You Don’t Re­ally Know Some­one Un­til You Fall Out With Them”), built on a grand scale. There are oc­ca­sional mo­ments of poppy lev­ity, like the en­er­getic “Feel Like I Wanna Stay”, but oth­er­wise this has an im­pres­sive heft: “Friends Make The Worst En­e­mies” shares the epic qual­i­ties of a Bond theme, while “Who’s Wear­ing The Trousers” has a Krautrock-meets-Pet Shop Boys vibe.

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