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4.0 out of 5 stars Hayman and co. hit the spot, 7 April 2012
This review is from: Pram Town (Re-Issue) (Audio CD)
Hefner were always a band who split opinion. Some found Darren Hayman's songwriting moving and realistic, and enjoyed the vibrant guitar-bursts and lust-laden laments; whilst detractors saw Hefner as overly twee, and criticised Hayman's admittedly limited voice. Probably the simplest and most useful thing I can say of 'Pram Town' is that if you liked Hefner, you're likely to enjoy 'Pram Town', and if you didn't; then the same things that disinclined you to Hefner, will likely irk you about this record. That isn't to say, however, that Darren Hayman hasn't moved on since his most famous project broke up a decade ago. Just as 'The Fidelity Wars' told deeply-personal stories of lust, frustration and youthful abandon; 'Pram Town' is older, wiser, and perhaps even a little better. The Secondary Modern, Hayman's backing band, are genuinely virtuoso and have a wonderful knack of finding catchy, fitting melodies for Hayman's tales of likeable local bands, the frustrations of the Essex New Town of Harlow (the 'setting' for the album), and his casting of a wistful eye onto relationships in an adult world - such as in the perceptive 'Fire Stairs', and the album's undoubted highlight, the bittersweet masterpiece 'Never Want To Be That Way Again', where Hayman laments a seemingly perfect relationship gone wrong, amidst the beautifully bittersweet jangling guitars of The Secondary Modern.

There are a few flaws in 'Pram Town', though they detract relatively little from the overall quality of this excellent album. Hayman's lyrics, whilst largely smart and feeling, do contain a few cringeworthy duds which take the sheen off a few songs. There are also a couple of tracks which feel like little more than padding, namely 'Civic Pride' and 'No Middle Name'. But for the most part, 'Pram Town' ticks all the right boxes. Hayman's voice - either from vocal training or superb production - sounds tuneful and moving, better than it has on any of Hefner's recordings, or his solo work, the album is full of enchanting indie-pop melodies, and contains some of the best songs of Hayman's whole career, including the wonderfully satirical 'Pram Town', and the tale of an unlikely band made good (a topic Hayman will know only too well) in 'Amy and Rachel'. Fans of Hefner and of Hayman's other solo albums, as well as those looking for an honest, memorable and musically superb indie pop album will find a huge amount to like in 'Pram Town'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From strength to strength, 11 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Pram Town (Audio CD)
I have a long-standing personal tenet that good concept albums are good despite the fact they are concept albums. This has held up well for me over the years but Pram Town is that rarest of beasts: a concept album the concept of which actually adds to, rather than detracting from, the music and the overall experience. This is partly because the concept is so simple and emotionally powerful - two convergent narratives of disappointed optimism; one about a relationship, the other about town planning. It is a good test that you can actually understand and follow the concept from the music alone (more or less). This would mean nothing of course if the songs were rubbish. But this is Darren Hayman so the songs are excellent from start to finish. They range from the funny and touching ("Room to Grow", "Amy and Rachel"), through wildly infectious ("Compilation Cassette", "Our Favourite Motorway") to sad and moving ("Out of my League", "Leaves on the Line"). What they have in common is a sure melodic touch and an impressive lyrical subtlety and coherence.

In short if the Mercury Music Prize 2009 judges were true to their artistic pretensions Pram Town would have been a shoe-in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem, 20 May 2009
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This review is from: Pram Town (MP3 Download)
What a brilliant laid back album. "Compilation cassette" is a sublime summer pop track. Acutely observed and brilliantly quirky
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2009):, 23 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Pram Town (Audio CD)
Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern - Pram Town (Track & Field)
Ever since Hefner bit the dust, Darren Hayman has been, from all possible angles, cataloguing the woes of a disintegrating Britain. Now it's the turn of New Town hell, in particular Harlow. He's not a fan. I've been there, and there's no reason why he should be. Xeroxed red brick town centres and the specific kinds of urban decay that only New Town's can truly master, all come under Hayman's critical eye, and apart from a hidden soft spot for cycle paths, not much impresses. Unlike Pram Town itself, with its eclectic instrumentation - old Moogs, toy joannas, etc. - and thoroughly appealing lo-fi aesthetics, it'll put a smile on your face. Unless you live in Harlow. 8/10.
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