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COXON GOES EXPERIMENTAL ON US
on 4 May 2012
The first thing to say is that A&E is quite different to anything he's done before. The experimentalism Coxon shows here is something one would expect more from his former Blur band mate, Damon Albarn, and it is to Coxon's credit that he just about carries it off. You wouldn't know it from listening to the first track, though, that things were that different from the classic era Coxon of 2004-06. Indeed, the last track is also fairly conventional but these two tracks bookend 8 songs of experimental rock where, whilst his guitar is still prominent, the sounds Coxon produces led me to wondering whether Brian Eno was at the helm for this album (he wasn't). There is a lot synthesizer flourishes, electronic drum beats and on some tracks, Coxon's vocal is back in the mix as if to accentuate the experimentalism which drives the album. Coxon's trademark melodies and slower songs may be missing but that's not to say it's a bad thing as there is a musicality on nearly every track. It may turn some Coxon fans off but it may just attract some new ones, too.