Le Bon’s third album finds her retreating/advancing from the warmth and intimacy of her earlier releases and taking her quirky voice into stranger and more experimental pop places with mixed results. Instrumentally her songs have for the most part been stripped back to guitar, bass drums and organ and repeatedly the art rock pillars of The Velvet Underground (the deconstructed guitar solo of Cuckoo Through The Walls) and Television (the chiming, spiraling guitars of I Can’t Help You) emerge as strong influences. Le Bon’s voice is less folk and more icy chanteuse with austere Nico-like intonements, making it annoying and charming in equal amounts.
by Chris Familton
this review was first published in/on The Music