Album review: John Foxx & Robin Guthrie – ‘Mirrorball’

Cocteau Twin meets Ultravoxer in pretension heaven

You can’t expect an album by the original singer from Ultravox! (before they dropped the exclamation mark and turned into White Lies) and the ex-Cocteau Twins guitarist – a man, lest we forget, who once released a song called ‘Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires’ – to be anything other than pretentious. And this is – wonderfully so. The duo came about after playing live in 2005 and this spontaneity is reflected in Foxx’s largely improvised vocals. Things do get a bit Enigma on the Gregorian chanting of ‘Luminous’, but Guthrie’s gossamer guitars provide the perfect counterpoint; ‘Estrellita’ and ‘The Perfect Line’ are breathtakingly beautiful. Pretentious? Us? Bien sur…

Nathaniel Cramp

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