BloodCrush sIx shOOTER 8/10
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.