Codeine Velvet Club | CD review

Chief Fratelli Jon Lawler emerges from his indie comfort zone in an ambitious new duo, writes Ally Carnwath

Best known for the stomping bloke-rock of "Chelsea Dagger", chief Fratelli Jon Lawler hauls himself out of the indie landfill with this side project, teaming up with singer Lou Hickey, and delivering a fine record inspired by brassy show tunes, gothic blues and sweeping orchestral pop. There's wit and personality here, and though the pair lay on the noirish decadence a bit thick at times – "Like a Full Moon" swoons too close to pastiche – there are some notable successes, the saturated pop of "Hollywood" and woozy romance of "Nevada" among them.


Ally Carnwath

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