Steven Lindsay (3 stars)


Although his official biog describes one-time Glasgow School of Art student and Big Dish frontman Steven Lindsay as ‘more Damien Hirst than Damien Rice’, the latter artist is really the perfect comparison. Lindsay’s rich, reedy voice is accompanied by lots of piano and glossy production, and his songs are uniformly mournful but pleasant.

All of his recent word-of-mouth, of course, stems from his excellent cover of the Pixies’ ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ (included here), a track which shows the Smiths-murdering Mark Ronson how to reinterpret a classic. Those who liked the version will probably also approve of Lindsay’s other ballads, although many might feel disappointed that they’re more middle-of-the-road than that brave cover might have suggested.

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