Night Beats

★★★ Myth Of A Man HEAV­ENLY. CD/DL/LP

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Nashville ex­cur­sion changes Tex­ans’ scene on fourth LP.

Some­body has taken a feather duster to the cor­ners of Night Beats’ lat­est al­bum after the webbed and greasy garage of 2013’s Sonic Bloom and 2016’s Who Sold My Gen­er­a­tion. Myth Of A Man feels cleaner and brighter, front­man Danny Lee Back­well’s songs glint­ing with new light. Yet as Cuban­heeled R&B freak­outs There She Goes and Eyes On Me show, their songs have not be­come ster­ile or sani­tised, just sharper-edged, slicker in pur­pose. Nashville-recorded with Black Key Dan Auer­bach and a sea­soned ses­sion team, these songs are all about the sharp, soul­ful de­tail­ing – the satiny back­ing vo­cals of Foot­prints, the ro­bust or­gan of Let Me Guess – an ex­pertly stitched back­drop for Back­well’s im­pec­ca­bly jaded vo­cals. Myth Of A Man doesn’t feel like the whole story yet, but it’s get­ting there.

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