Graham Coxon - The Spinning Top (3 stars)

Graham Coxon - The Spinning Top

(Transgressive Records)


It’s a busy old year for Mr Coxon, Blur are back together (and headlining T in the Park), he’s been playing with Peter Doherty (live and on recent album Grace/Wasteland) and now he’s got his own solo album to punt. And it obviously suits him, The Spinning Top is perhaps his calmest record yet. Citing influences such as Martin Carthy, Davey Graham and John Murphy, gone are the fuzz guitars of ‘Freakin’ Out’ to be replaced with folky acoustica. There’s a reason Coxon wasn’t the vocalist in Blur, but this weakness is also a strength making the songs more personal in their imperfections.


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