Album Review: Common Prayer - Common Prayer (Big Potato)

Some remarkable songs that are barely detectable on first listen

Album Review: Common Prayer - Common Prayer (Big Potato)

It’s a received wisdom that had George Martin done a George Osborne and slashed half the ‘White Album’ it would be twice the record. With that logic, ‘Common Prayer’ could have released one of this year’s finest EPs without the flimflam. That said, when the music biz is all about polishing turds, the opposite can be refreshing. Jason Russo, formerly of Mercury Rev, has written some remarkable songs that are barely detectable through the lo-fi woodblocks, shakers and nauseating churchy caterwauling on first listen. So grit your teeth through the twee and say ‘fuck you’ to the Chancellor Of The Exchequer.

Jeremy Allen

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