Album Review: Gruff Rhys – ‘Atheist Xmas’

Disconcerting and nuclear-ravaged with a Motown-tinge.

There’s something rather incongruous about [a]Gruff Rhys[/a] turning his hand to a Christmas EP, like Damien Hirst proffering a simple sketch of a fruit bowl. Luckily, though, ‘Atheist Xmas’ avoids the dreary claptrap of other offenders. ‘At The End Of The Line’ recounts December 25 with a companion “diagnosed with manic depression”, while there’s little pulling of crackers in the nuclear-ravaged, Motown-tinged ‘Post-Apocalyptic Christmas’ as Gruff disconcertingly chirrups: “We lick our wounds to kill the hunger”. We’re guessing there’s no roast turkey round those parts, then…

Ben Hewitt

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