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5.0 out of 5 stars La Haines on unrivalled form!!!!!!!, 25 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry: OST (Audio CD)
Right from the headrush of the guitar-driven opener 'Discomania', Luke Haines's latest statement of intent once again underlines why there's a damn good argument that he's currently the best British songwriter in the UK. On paper 'Christie Malry...' is something of a departure for Haines - a soundtrack for Paul Tickel's movie, based on BS Johnston's angry, experimental novel from 1973. But in reality it's the perfect union of attitudes and ideas, Haines's complete mastery of guitar pop, electronica and even a surprisingly successful venture into techno, effectively orchestrating Johnson's bitter recriminations about modern Britain to the point that their visions blur into one, accusatory portrait of modern life. For long-time Haines' fans particular excitement will come from, amongst others, 'How to Hate the Working Classes' and 'England, Scotland and Wales', the latter seeing Haines threaten to write the UK nothing less than a national anthem that brutally captures the fractured reality of a supposedly united state. Soundtrack aficionados will find much to excite them amongst the multi-layered instrumental pieces that swirl between ethereal choirs and brooding electronica, often reminiscent of artists such as Philip Glass and Michael Brook. Add to this a dramatic reworking of Nick Lowe's pop classic 'I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass', here brooding and ominous, and it's difficult to think what's lacking. Angry, beautiful and witty, 'Christie Malry...' is a tour de force for Haines, his head still full of intent, his vision very much assured, his delivery still scathing.
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