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"The President called/To gimme the noos/I been awarded a Nobel prize in Rhythm & Blues"
on 9 March 2009
This enjoyable, but slightly dated, album has a tendency to be over-rated, but nonetheless there's enough here to be enjoyed by any fans of Lou.
After getting rid of Robert Quine, the sound is much more stripped-down. Lou does all the guitar parts, and his characteristically loose style is set (somewhat incongruously) against over-compressed 80s drums, which don't really suit Lou's style, although Fernando Saunders on bass is excellent as always.
Most of the album is listenable, with the exception of the extremely dull Endlessly Jealous. The album's strongest suit is the run from tracks 3 to 6, which include the jacket-sleeves- pushed-up-to-the-elbows funk of My Red Joystick, the pulsing rhythms of the title track, and the irresistably cheesy Doin the Things That We Want To.
Otherwise, My Friend George is rather good, as is the opening ditty I Love You Suzanne. I'm also rather partial to High in the City, which has a reggae rhythm, "shah-yah-yah-yah" backing vocals, and parping ersatz horns. The album closer, Down at the Arcade, is an enjoyably throwaway track which proves that Lou is sometimes best when he doesn't try too hard, singing here about playing video games (and being awarded a Nobel Prize for R&B!).