For some reason we get two versions of ‘Brighter’, one of which features recently deceased actress Karen Black whose voice wraps her way around the lyrics to give them an emotional resonance lacking from its somewhat plodding counterpart. Better still are ‘Angel Blood’, a delicate love song complete with the kind of vintage retro slide guar sounds that Richard Hawley would trade multiple body parts for and the freewheeling country blues trucker stomp of ‘Big Wheel’.
This latest effort is not without its merits but is fundamentally too long, whilst its interludes are a cheap, unnecessary annoyance. The predominantly spoken rather than sung ‘Everything Has To Be Just So’ should have been left on the cutting room floor, an arty experimental piece that clumsily picks up the theme of racial narrow-mindedness over what sounds like an in-studio jam session. The aimlessly meandering ‘The Burning Of The Temple 2012’, just another culprit of a distinct lack of quality control which handicaps what could have been a triumphant return.
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