NOT WAV­ING, BUT DROWN­ING

LOYLE CARNER

Bangor Mail - - The Music Review -

BRIT nom­i­nee Carner is lots of things in one, start­ing from his genre ag­nos­ti­cism, his sopho­more al­bum con­tin­ues the ar­rest­ing tracks, warmth and un­fussy hon­esty of his lauded de­but.

The ti­tle track, a spo­ken piece, con­cerns “the brave pre­tence” that makes us con­ceal suf­fer­ing, and im­plic­itly an­nounces this al­bum’s quest for a non-toxic mas­culin­ity. Carner’s ze­ro­grand­stand­ing vo­cal style and un­pre­ten­tious­ness (high­lighted by di­gres­sions and stu­dio chat) are a re­fresh­ing mark of au­then­tic­ity.

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