Album Review: Pete And The Pirates - 'One Thousand Pictures'
They’ve left their indie beginnings to pen songs about death, domestic violence and shagging – and it’s great
They weren’t going to be ignored second time around. No more four-track jangling, now they’ve adopted lustrous gothic strains for [b]‘Can’t Fish’[/b] and Lynchian surf violence for [b]‘Cold Black Kitty’[/b]. No more songs about the difficulties of getting up in time for Coach Trip, now Thomas Sanders wraps his artless voice around alcoholism ([b]‘Winter 1’[/b]), firearms ([b]‘Little Gun’[/b]) and motorcycle sexiness (‘Motorbike’). The jubilant pop of ‘United’ even combines sex on the carpet with domestic violence, as if told by the neighbourhood Fritzl. No-one’s calling these psychos ‘bedwetters’ any more…
P&TP are out to take on cinematic emoters like [a]Band Of Horses[/a] and [a]The National[/a] at their own game, and [b]‘Shotgun’[/b] even aims for the supernova mass of [a]White Lies[/a]. And while you might yearn for the simple yet stark multi-harmony pop of the debut’s [b]‘Bears’[/b] or [b]‘Knots’[/b], the chirpy jangles that were once P&TP’s forte (like [b]‘Motorbike’[/b] here) now sound anaemic alongside the experimental [b]‘Winter 1’[/b]. [b]‘One Thousand Pictures’[/b] is pop in a tar-pit – black and sticky, but wonderfully pure at heart.
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