Codeine Velvet Club - Codeine Velvet Club (2 stars)

Codeine Velvet Club - Codeine Velvet Club

(Island)

Different people have a different idea about what makes for glamour. Those who are into a bit of monochromatic 60s chic will go ape for the breathy duo behind Codeine Velvet Club, perhaps realising only too late that this is largely a victory of style over any kind of substance. Jon Lawler has taken time out from his anthemic duties as Fratellis boss man to hook up with singer-songwriter Lou Hickey for a trip down nostalgia avenue. Unfortunately, this pair are left in the wake of another offshoot to tackle the same period – but The Last Shadow Puppets made a record with much more verve, wit and grace than this lumpen, cliché-riddled affair.

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