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Plaskett, Joel Emergency : Down At The Khyber
Nova Scotian songsmith's second, very tidy, album
Hopelessly retro and hopelessly cool then - at least, the way Plaskett and band play it. Where so many of Plaskett's psychedelia- dabbling peers sound like they're out of their tree on twee, this is headier and heavier. 'Clueless Wonder', for instance, is stuffed with rusty, metallic guitars and crashing drums, the likes of which should make their forthcoming British live shows a blast.
The one cover on here, Hortense Ellis' 'Cry Together' is reinterpreted as a ragged Flaming Lips, aided by Plaskett's yearning and untethered voice. Lyrically, Plaskett is smart and caustic, most notably on the prime Lemonheadery of 'True Patriot Love' ("I fall asleep with the TV on/ At 3am they play 'Oh, Canada'."), 'Down At The Khyber' is really very good. Good enough even to override Joel's resemblance to Jamie Oliver on the cover.
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