Finley Quaye Spiritualized Epic
[a]Finley Quaye[/a] – one-time purveyor of wafer-thin reggae-pop so throwaway
that [a]Mishka[/a] had to be invented to make Finley look badass by
comparison – puts his well-thumbed copy of Bob Marley‘s ‘Legend’
back in the CD rack to make this bizarre record which sounds like
Spiritualized. The clue’s in the title, I guess. And, perhaps, the fact
Finley and Jason Pierce share a management company.
to fatherhood go (of which this is one), it’s reassuringly rocking (though even
Jason Pierce himself would struggle to pull off a lyric like, “Looking for a buggy with three wheels” without his
Overlord Of Hedonism persona slipping somewhat), the responsibilities
accompanying paternity obviously agreeing with Finley. “I stopped the drinking and I stopped the drugs”, he
swears in the last verse, though this unhinged track suggests some of the more
lysergic of those chemicals might still be jigging about his system somewhere.