Matt Berry – ‘Kill The Wolf’

Faintly ridiculous rather than outright hilarious

Matt Berry has created and/or starred in many excellent and funny things – Snuff Box, The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, Jesus-based rock opera spoof AD/BC – but this follow-up to his 2011 album ‘Witchazel’ doesn’t play for laughs and misses the giddy heights of his former comedic fare. Its gently psychedelic prog-folk is faintly ridiculous rather than outright hilarious, and weighed on its musical merits alone, doesn’t get much further than Pentangle pastiche. Lead single ‘Devil Inside Me’ is the album’s earworm that you’ll end up humming, and ‘Solstice’ is a pleasingly overblown proggy epic, but much of the rest is competent yet uninspiring, and the novelty soon wears off.

Kevin EG Perry