Jonny - Jonny (4 stars)

Radiant pop songs from ex-Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci man Euros Childs and Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake

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Jonny - Jonny

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Incredibly, this long-threatened collaboration between ex-Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci man Euros Childs and Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake yields zero sunshiny melodies, no gorgeous harmonies and not a trace of heartwarming quirk. None at all. Zilch. Nada.

We’re joking, obviously. This pair could practically pen the manual on how to write radiant pop songs to take shelter in during the cold months and bask beneath come the hot season, and so Jonny proves an embarrassment of stomach-fizzing hooks, be it of the fuzzy guitar-frilled variety on the exquisite ‘Candyfloss’ or the gently twinkled piano-led kind on ‘Never Alone’.

What’s that coming over the hill at the end of ‘Circling the Sun’ – is it a ‘bah-bah-bah-ba-ba-ba’? You betcha.

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