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Britpop frontman launches solo career
on 30 July 2004
Louis Eliot, the former frontman of Britpop also-rans Rialto, has finally released his long-awaited solo album, The Long Way Round.
Rather than ape Rialto's trademark bombast, high drama and theatrical style, Eliot has opted for a low-key, pastoral vibe instead.
In the offing for a while, this record is a charming collection of self-penned songs in the vein of mid-period Beatles or Kinks.
High on melody and low on production values, this is a collection of intimate,stripped-down quirky tunes.
Highlights include the giddy, country-tinged pop of Heart Shaped Bruise and the folky Country Life.
The arrangements are sparse - mostly acoustic - but occasionally bolstered with easy listening-style brass and Dylan-like harmonica.
Rialto were arguably the great lost band of the '90s. With The Long Way Round, Louis Eliot has proved that he is one of Britain's most talented and under-rated songwriters.
It's great to have him back.