Cocteau Twin meets Ultravoxer in pretension heaven

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Album review: John Foxx & Robin Guthrie - 'Mirrorball'


Album review: John Foxx & Robin Guthrie – ‘Mirrorball’

You can’t expect an album by the original singer from Ultravox! (before they dropped the exclamation mark and turned into White Lies) and the ex-Cocteau Twins guitarist – a man, lest we forget, who once released a song called ‘Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires’ – to be anything other than pretentious. And this is – wonderfully so. The duo came about after playing live in 2005 and this spontaneity is reflected in Foxx’s largely improvised vocals. Things do get a bit Enigma on the Gregorian chanting of ‘Luminous’, but Guthrie’s gossamer guitars provide the perfect counterpoint; ‘Estrellita’ and ‘The Perfect Line’ are breathtakingly beautiful. Pretentious? Us? Bien sur…

Nathaniel Cramp

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