The Wild Swans - The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years (4 stars)

Paul Simpson’s band of reignited pop classicists plus guests

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The Wild Swans - The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years

(Occultation)

After 30 years of hurt, Paul Simpson’s band of reignited pop classicists are on a mission. Featuring a supergroup of musical crusaders recruited from the ranks of Echo and the Bunnymen, Spiritualised and Brian Jonestown Massacre, this dozen-strong manifesto of epics sounds like a one-man war on the sort of botched urban regeneration that has left Simpson’s beloved Liverpool so bereft of character and heart.

Amid jangling guitars and piano flourishes, Simpson’s brooding baritone trainspots a litany of desecrated pop cultural iconography, from Turner’s sunsets in pools of vomit to William Blake in Cash Converters. Mrs Albion, as well as a lovely daughter, you have a brand new champion to call your own.

The Wild Swans - The Coldest Winter for 100 Years

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