Andrew Perry

80
A confident and substantial evolution of their sound.
80

Its aim is true, uplifting and, yes, mighty persuasive.

80
[Producer Daniel Boyle] strikes a crisp specious groove somewhere between dubstep and '90s digi-dub, for Perry to voice croakily alongside co-vocalists.
60
After the initial shock, the pair's songwriting smarts cuts through persuasively, alongside strong messaging about acknowledging your needs and vulnerabilities.
80
This double LP has sonic coherence across 65 minutes of taut, sinewy but ever-unpredictable compositions, with a subtly altered sound palette.
80
From Ireland's proliferating alt-guitar pack, these intense runners could go the distance.
80
Sun-scorched Californian jams.
60

Pearlies has more the feel of a wistful autumnal folk record than any kind of'90s throwback.

60
The colour here is infused via crystalline singing, elegant melodic phrasing and those lyrics of unflinching confessional acuity.
60
To Bolero-riffed beat-pop, Soul Capturer beautifully exorcises today’s digi-overload, while 22-minute Defeat finds hope in an entrancing oceanic ebb-and-flow, with all the child-like discovery of late-’90s Mercury Rev.
80
As Hawaii closes out, drifting transcendentally up into the ether, it hasn’t exactly all been easy listening, but still definitely Lydon’s most approachable album ever. It sounds as though it was hard-earnt light relief for him, fun for its chief protagonist to make, and with repeat plays it only proves increasingly infectious.

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