Album review: Lou Barlow – ‘Goodnight Unknown’

From a bruised heart comes a warm glow

Whether turning out visceral noise-pop with [a]Sebadoh[/a] and The Folk Implosion, conjuring lo-fi gems from a four-track as Sentridoh or playing energetic sideman to J Mascis in [a]Dinosaur Jr[/a], [a]Lou Barlow[/a] has always kept busy. ‘Goodnight Unknown’ provides another glimpse into the softer side of the indie rock lynchpin, following the winsome folk of his last solo album ‘Emoh’. No-one does a world-weary sigh of a record quite like Barlow, and these songs wrap you up like a giant parental hug. Flipping from the new wave-ish pop stomp of the title track to the glorious melancholy of ‘Too Much Freedom’, ‘Goodnight Unknown’ is another understated treasure from the prince of the perpetually bruised heart.

Tom Edwards

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