Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Edwyn Collins & The Heartbreaks

And now (admittedly a little belatedly) on to Understated. All that can be said is that this is a quite beautiful album which, with minimal debate, can surely be said to be able to stand alongside the best of Edwyn and Orange Juice. Such a statement would be impressive in relation to any artist thirty plus years into their career but must be considered especially so given the well documented health problems which have afflicted Edwyn Collins over the last ten years or so.
Almost every track leads the listener through a masterclass of what makes up perfect indie pop & rock whilst never once drifting into the generic sounds and subject matter that might be expected from lesser artists. A thorough return to (or should that be maintaining of) form in the very truest sense of the word.

On a very much related topic, I purchased the new Edwyn Collins & The Heartbreaks record store day 'What Are You Doing Fool' 7" single on Saturday which is also absolutely superb. Any fans of either absolutely need to hear it, particularly as the b side is a wonderful new version of Untitled Melody.

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