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KEEPING THE PUNK POP FLAG FLYING,
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This review is from: Love Travels at Illegal Speeds [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Unlike Graham's previous album which demanded your attention immediately, LTAIS is a "grower". Not that this is a bad thing because the songs are just beginning to open up and yield their secrets for me.
Graham has developed his English whine into a classic punk whine in the vein of Pete shelley or John Lydon and indeed appears to have found some confidence in his childlike voice at last. The songs too are more confident and brash especially when you compare them to his earlier work. He has evolved into a decent singer-songwriter with a good ear for a hook.
The influences here are mainly The saints, Buzzcocks and Pistols, so if you're a fan of late 70's early 80's punk - climb aboard!
Opening with jagged guitar riffs in most cases, the songs are on the whole, the kind of pop that makes you want to pogo up and down. In fact the first 3 do exactly that, particularly I can't look at your skin with its sneering lyrics. It slows down at track 4, Just a state of Mind for some musings on loneliness/unhappiness etc but it doesn't last long and kicks straight in again with the excellent You and I.
Coxon uses much the same mix of berserk solos and clanging chords as he did previously, however, he does incorporate a few experiamental moments into the songs such as I don't wanna go out which has a vocal effect and dissolves in the middle.
Don't beleive anything i say is wonderfully self-analytical and contains a great chromatic descent and some of his best singing.
Obviously the theme of the album is Love and sometimes outright lust - Don't let your man know and jealousy - What's he got? Graham brings this off with his usual mix of injured innocence, spiky melancholia and wry wit.
I can't say whether this is better than HIM and I give this 5 stars for the DVD and interviews which are great for guitarists/graham disciples like me. otherwise i would give it 4.
I really hope it comes off for him this year, he has another great album to promote and I can't wait to see him in Brighton again as I did in 2004.