Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
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Extraordinary debut from eccentric new Texan band
Probably not. For all the scary notes it sounds, however, 'The Texas Jersualem Crossroads' makes this vale of tears an infinitely more fascinating place.
guides you from
hell to paradise like Dante in a Stetson. There's a snatch of gospel in 'The Ground So Soft' that will send shivers down the spine of any good atheist. And there's jokes, too: "Ladies and gentlemen we are playing with one guitar," smiles a sleevenote.
But the road is not easy.
The epiphanies bring many fractured dirges in their wake.
And - as befits the sons of preachermen - LTE only have
one, heavy riff: the agony of the search for salvation. But what a compelling torment it is.
The Cavan teenagers attack album two with abandon, largely at the expense of quality
A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album
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Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album