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|3. It's Not Me, It's You|
|4. Making A List|
|6. Plastic Stars|
|7. Talking Nepalese|
|8. Ghost Writer|
|9. Swigging Echinacea|
|10. Didn't Want To Get Involved|
|11. If You Say So|
|12. How Vicious We Are|
We get a story of someone spending a depressing birthday in the Himalayas, another of a novelist whose ghost writer goes on holiday and doesnt come back, the true horrors of internet dating, and the title track voicing what youve always wanted to say to your partner at the end of a relationship - but were always just too considerate to do so.
If youre convinced that the art of songwriting is dead, if you have a penchant for ragged rhythms & soaring choruses, if you think that The Fall, Wire and XTC are rammed with songwriting genius, but so are Todd Rundgren, The Beach Boys and The Wombles, well, here's a record for you. It's Not Me, It's You.
And they were. The LP "Running On Batteries" appeared in the shops. A journalist from Uncut magazine staunched the "tears of joy" long enough to pen a glowing review. The gigs every month in London were a spectacle of ragged rhythms, soaring choruses, and tales of divorce, delight and delicatessens.
Another single came out. "Trial Separations" stayed at number one for 6 weeks on some chart on the internet compiled by a guy called Herman, based on his own fluctuating tastes. Good old Herman.
Now theyve recorded a new LP, called "Its Not Me, Its You." Its a very beautiful thing.
Rhodri Marsden is The Free French. Hes been in bands for long enough to know exactly what not to do, hes learned from his mistakes, hes making them again. Hes helped out by various thin people including members of Spearmint, Scaramanga 6, Fosca, Tobyslater and others. If you come and see the band perform often enough, you can join. Its that simple.
This new LP is even better than the first one. A few more slower tracks this time, but overal still upbeat and very pleasant. Ironic, funny and intelligent lyrics (When did you last here the phrase "Speaking Metaphorically" in a pop song?) make this album one that deserves a lot more attention than the previous one got.
A definite recommendation!
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