Album Review: The Voluntary Butler Scheme - 'The Granddad Galaxy Scheme'

An album of two halves

Album Review: The Voluntary Butler Scheme - 'The Granddad Galaxy Scheme'

6 / 10 Not that I’m comparing Voluntary Butler Scheme’s Rob Jones to Bobby Gillespie – God knows what kind of brutality the indie police would dole out if I did – but whichever genius told Bobby to shut the fuck up and let the music speak on ‘Screamadelica’ should dust down his bollocking trousers and give Rob a stern talking to.

‘The Granddad Galaxy’, you see, is an album of two halves. One is a plodding meander through kitchen sink clichés and half-arsed soliloquies; the other is an imaginative instrumental racket of drums, strings and – on the standout ‘Satisfactory Substitute’ – eight-bit snake-charmer flute. Basically, Rob, keep your gob shut and your mind open.

Mike Williams

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