The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

The Root Mull Af­fect – A Ret­ro­spec­tive Cherry Red His pass­port name is Alan Wilkes, but for many years Vinny Pe­cu­liar – song­writer, some­time poet and all-round racy racon­teur – has stalked the haunts of the great and good in search of the miss­ing link be­tween Jarvis Cocker and poet Roger McGough. You could say that Pe­cu­liar is as pe­cu­liar does, and what we have here is a collection of some of the Manch­ester man’s finest songs. Blend­ing the lo-fi/DIY ap­proach of punk rock with qual­ity song­writ­ing and some of the wit­ti­est lyrics this side of Wreck­less Eric, Pe­cu­liar might be viewed (in­cor­rectly) in some quar­ters as a long-haired relic of a dif­fer­ent era. But if you’re look­ing for the kind of ob­ser­va­tional song­writ­ing skills you thought dis­ap­peared with the demise of Pulp (or, in­deed, The Au­teurs), then The Root Mull Af­fect is a bril­liant point of en­try.

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