EN­sIgN BROD­ER­ICk

Blood­Crush sIx shOOTER 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - stePHen Deusner

Dark, lush songs from a Cana­dian glam cult artist

Ja­son Sni­der­man de­vised his glam­rock al­ter ego En­sign Brod­er­ick as a teenager in the 1970s, but the Toronto mu­si­cian didn’t re­lease his de­but, Feast Of Pan­thers, un­til ear­lier this year. The 59-year-old’s fol­low-up, Blood­Crush, fea­tures newly penned tunes that paint a dev­as­tat­ing por­trait of a shat­tered re­la­tion­ship. He ex­udes the panache of early Roxy Mu­sic and the the­atri­cal flair of Steve Har­ley on the se­quin-crusted bal­lad “Elec­tric Blue” and the up­tempo “Loves Dies/ Died Here”, a song as catchy as it is har­row­ing. Work­ing with pro­ducer Mal­colm Burn (Iggy Pop, Patti Smith), Sni­der­man makes old-school glam sound ur­gent, gritty, and ab­so­lutely vi­tal.

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