Luke Haines – ‘Rock N Roll Animals’

Our rating:

It’s a bit nuts, but the ominous, shimmering psychedelia of standout tracks ‘Three Frendz’ and ‘Angel Of The North’ elevate the album

Luke Haines is one of English music’s true eccentrics. That was clear enough when he formed The Auteurs in the ’90s, but the 45-year-old has outdone himself with his latest solo effort. On ‘Rock N Roll Animals’, Haines has turned three musical icons (Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey, songwriter/producer Nick Lowe and rock’n’roll legend Gene Vincent) into animals (a fox, a badger and a cat respectively). Their surreal tale of friendship is played out to a soundtrack of fairytale folk. It’s a bit nuts, but the ominous, shimmering psychedelia of standout tracks ‘Three Frendz’ and ‘Angel Of The North’ elevate the album beyond a quirky, Watership Down-esque curiosity.

Mischa Pearlman

Details

Record label: Cherry Red
Release date: 29 Jul, 2013