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LIFE GOES ON
:: The OneThree ::
09 January 2006 / No Label Required / 13 Trk CD :: Black / Revolver
By JA

Boz Boorer’s exploits sans Morrissey, are broodier, dirtier and rather more grungy than you’d perhaps expect. The sparkly guitars are mostly absent, especially on the malevolent post-Seattle dirge of “Dive In”, but that doesn’t stop the song ending with impressive finesse . There’s a punky edge, as Boorer spins his magic and rapper/singer Alex Lusty tops everything off with lines that are quite often, more than just one part Mike Skinner. There are plenty of melancholy moments and as expected, the guitar playing is pretty inspirational, as are the atmospheric swathes of keyboards and effects. The quirky “Keep Believing” is full-on, pulsing Buzzcockian buzzsaw, set alight with a Sci-Fi synth hookline. The Mod-ish “The Perfect Life” is a heady genetic splice of a 1970’s The Jam (see also “Scatter”) and The Stranglers, all in a motoring pop mood. “The Second Hundred Years” with epic keyboards and slow piano punches, is fantastic and well within The Streets territory – and just as good. This is far from being a predictable album, with an intelligent mix of style, some cunning ability and finely crafted songs. This is the kind of album that deserves a big budget release – it’s obviously capable of an elevated success. This is far from a Morrissey curiosity – Boorer has teamed up with The OneThree and produced a stunning side project that's vastly original.


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