Album review: Fyfe Dangerfield - Fly Yellow Moon (Geffen)

Guillemot goes it alone to lose the musical quirks of his former band

Let’s face it, when you are already the frontman of a minorly successful band – in Fyfe’s case, epic pop buskers Guillemots – there are only two possible reasons for making a solo album. 1) The rest of the band aren’t feeling your new passion for Tuvan throat singing. Or 2) Fuck those losers, you’ve got more chance of being a massive pop star without them. As ‘Fly Yellow Moon’ sounds like Guillemots with all the wonky bits weeded out, you can only conclude that it’s the latter. String-drenched stomper ‘She Needs Me’ is a blatant bid for the charts – swap Fyfe’s voice for Ronan Keating’s and you’d be none the wiser. The ‘Ocean Rain’-style title track is a winner, but otherwise you might as well be listening to David Gray.

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