Wood­land Echoes 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - For­mer Hair­cut 100 heart­throb in pas­toral pop mode JoHN lEWIS

Even when fronting Hair­cut 100, Nick Heyward’s blue-eyed funk al­ways seemed to turn away from the big city and in­stead rel­ish the semi-ru­ral subur­bia of south Lon­don. Here, on his first solo al­bum since 2001, he’s gone full pas­toral, the bird­song and coun­try­side im­agery match­ing the dreamy, sunny ma­jor­se­v­enths. “Baby Blue Sky” and the idyl­lic “Per­fect Sun­day Sun” in­voke Teenage Fan­club; the rag­time guitar of “Who” and the jazz waltz “Love Is The Key By The Sea” re­call Beck. But it’s Paul McCart­ney whom Heyward most re­sem­bles through­out – both his coo­ing tenor voice and his im­pres­sive way with a smart chord change.

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