Album Review: Fun Lovin' Criminals - 'Classic Fantastic'

Fun? No. Lovin'? No. Criminal? Yes

Huey surnamed himself ‘DiFontaine’ when his name was really Morgan; he launched a 6Music funk show that played AC/DC; FLC once looked cool but they were shit. How does a band with so many broken promises get to release their sixth album in 14 years – let alone survive into the 2010s? ‘Classic Fantastic’ doesn’t have the answers; neither is it ‘classic’ or ‘fantastic’. It sounds like too much mid-’90s NPG/‘Exodus’-era Prince – music built on the blinkered self-belief that the outside world wants to hear the most turgid clean-toned self-indulgence imaginable. “Girls, parties, other things – yeah/Oh, what the universe brings”, Huey marvels on ‘Mars’. We also learn that he thinks Stephen Hawkins is “OK”. He should hear what Steve said about him.

Jason Draper

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