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I Can Only Disappoint U
Mansun I Can Only Disappoint U(Parlophone)
I Can Only Disappoint U(Parlophone)
Taken from their upcoming album, Little Kix (a reference to the eponymous, legendary Seinfeld episode?), 'I Can Only Disappoint U' sees Mansun return with an efficient outing that's clean to the point of being antiseptic, though offset by migraine bolts of wah-wah throughout. The title explains all, lyric-wise, and while this is more than OK, it doesn't explain the extraordinary adulation Mansun receive, especially way out East.
Perhaps it has something to do with their enigmatic, talismanic, gnomic guitarist Chad, who contributes his first self-penned offering for the band here, 'Golden Stone' (not included, sadly, on the advance promo). With his beatific allure and stolid dependency, Chad comes on like a cross between The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones and the dog from the Dulux advert. Perhaps he is the X-factor.
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