Gareth Sager - Slack Slack Music (3 stars)

Gareth Sager - Slack Slack Music

This is aptly named, because this debut solo album from a founder member of post-punk legends The Pop Group is an unhinged, ramshackle affair, with scattershot tactics producing moments of grin-inducing wonder and cringeworthy dreadfulness in equal measure. The opening salvo of ‘Hot Hits Vol. 27’ and ‘Bad Bad Loser’ is rampaging bluesy-punk fun, and the closing instrumental ‘Draining Swan Lake’ is a surprisingly poignant slice of anthemic bliss, but in between there are too many moments of self-indulgent, off-beat yodelling and riffing madness to really connect with the listener.

(Creeping Bent)

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