Lightspeed Champion

'Falling Off The Lavender Bridge'

Released on 21 January 2008 on Domino

Iíd been waiting for this album since seeing Lightspeed Champion (ex-Test Icicle Dev Hynes) thoroughly outclass poor old Good Shoes a couple of months back. Itís hard to know whether, after the dance/metal/kitchen sink hybrid of his last band, this latest incarnation should be a surprise. Probably not. Once youíve heard it itís certainly not a surprise to hear that it was recorded in Nebraska Ė weíre talking introspective yet open-hearted country/indie with strings and profanities. And itís excellent.

Thereís nothing forced; if a song is done after a minute ('All To Shit') thatís where it stops. If a song needs to sow the seeds of a feeling, build it up and knock it down ('Midnight Surprise') then thatís what it does. Thereís nothing unnecessary or contrived or boring or overcomplicated, just the sound of an artist following his own lead wherever it takes him.

'No Surprise (For Wendela)' swoons with melancholy and closes the album perfectly although journalistic clichť means I have to take issue with the albumís closing lines ĎThe more I hear, the more I hateí.

Thereís simply not a song on this album that I donít like, in fact itís the first album in a while that that Iíve been pestering all my friends to listen to. Iím badgering them to come with me to the live dates in February too and Iím about to book my tickets now. Iíll save you the same nagging if you just go out and buy this now, deal?

Posted on 21 January 2008 by Chris Unitt

Share this news item: Digg Facebook StumbleUpon Delicious Reddit Reddit

Article Feedback

Anonymous wrote:
'All To Shit' is virtually 'O Come All Ye Faithful' - it's true!
     Posted on 15 January 2008 at 21:08
Anonymous wrote:
This LP is without doubt the finest thing I've heard this year (and last year come to think of it!!)
     Posted on 29 January 2008 at 12:26
Anonymous wrote:
I couldn't agree more with either comment.
     Posted on 29 January 2008 at 16:58

Post a Comment

We welcome feedback from our users. Maybe you disagree with our journalist's opinion? Maybe you've some more information to add to a story or have a great, relevant link? Maybe we're talking out of our arses? Please let us know using the form below. Note: leave the 'name' field blank to post anonymously.
Your Name: 
As an attempt to prevent robots which roam the web posting spam about viagra, 'member growth' methods and, yuck, Razorlight gigs, we've installed this password thing below. Just enter the code to prove you're a human...or a very intelligent chimp.
Enter the code here: 

The NME Awards Nominations Are Out
...and readers have given seven nods to Oasis.
27 January 2009

Culturedeluxe's Top 50 Albums of 2008
What, no Bon Iver?
8 December 2008

Live Review - T in the Park 2008 Festival
Balado, July 11th - 13th 2008
18 July 2008

Jet Sheep, Jet Cow : New York Dolls Heading For The Farm
The glam punk legends to play Kent festival.
18 June 2008

Last Call For T in the Park Tickets!
A very small number will be put on sale on Monday
13 June 2008