Album Review: Butcher Boy - 'Helping Hands'

Delicate, warm indie pop

Album Review: Butcher Boy - 'Helping Hands'

5 / 10 Boy oh boy, Butcher Boy, the inclusion of lines like, “I paint a chain of buttercups around your neck” (from a song called ‘Bluebells’, no less) don’t half make pigeonhol… sorry, reviewing your third album much easier. Add to that the surely pertinent observation – the fact – that this is delicate, warm indie pop of the early Belle & Sebastian variety (their frontman Stuart Murdoch is known to be a big fan), and you as a listener will likely know whether this is a pool you want to dip your toe in or not. There’s certainly a good ear for a melody in evidence (most noticeable of all on ‘Imperial’), but testicles are nowhere to be seen.

Hamish MacBain

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