Experimental Music Love

November 12, 2009

Luke Haines – 21st Century Man

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 1:20 am
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hainesLuke Haines – 21st Century Man

“I was a spiteful child, caught up in the razzle-dazzle/I gotta get myself together – just like Peter Hammill” Or so says Luke Haines on the imaginatively titled ‘Peter Hammill’ – a glam funk ode to the Van der Graaf Generator front-man, following a familiar Haines path of underground pop culture and fearful introspection.

It’s a sentiment of some contradiction though, following, as it does, an album opener of settled reflection in ‘Suburban Mourning’. Haines may still see the sleaze with his patented Cynical Goggles if just for the title, but here, he’s already together, content merely to reflect on the many lives Haines lived and saw.

It’s a theme throughout, as ‘Love Letter To London’ and ‘English Southern Man’ affirm Haines’ identity as a man of his country and his culture, singing of what he’s already learned – the intellectual enlightenment of The Auteurs something of times past.

The music too lacks progression, sticking firmly on the Haines stately home as ‘White Honky Afro’ (he can still do brilliant title) apes the intense back-and-forth of ‘New French Girlfriend’ and most else could be a Now I’m A Cowboy era B-side. ‘Wot A Rotter’ may shine for a few minutes in its Sparks/Blondie disco punk decadence, but it’s hard to see any reason to reflect on this come 2100.

He may be a 21st Century Man right now, but Haines may be on his way to be being a 21st Century Granddad.






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