McAlmont & Butler : Falling

sounds contrived and compromised

David McAlmont was the extraordinary singer with Thieves. Bernard Butler was the no less talented guitarist/songwriter inSuede. Having fallen out with their respective bandmates, these two prickly individuals came together in 1995 to produce two sublime singles, ‘Yes’ and ‘You Do’ before inevitably getting the hump with each other and flouncing off in opposite directions.

The intervening years haven’t seen them exactly set the world on fire, so they’re giving it another go. ‘Falling’ is cut from the same rich cloth as their original singles (strings, bells — and if you listen very carefully, you can hear the kitchen sink) but sounds contrived and compromised — like they just got back together for the sake of the quids.

Alex Needham

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