Brakes - album review (3 stars)


The Beatific Visions (Rough Trade)


What started as a Brighton scene side-project has become a serious proposition and on this showing, they’ve risen to the challenge. While Brakes’ debut was a spat-out country-punk fuck-you of a record, this more considered and diverse follow-up shows a band fulfilling their huge potential. There’s so much going on here it’s hard to know where to start. There’s the gonzo riffing of ‘Hold Me in the River’, the beautiful acoustic ‘Isobel’, the rattling country ruckus of ‘On Your Side’, the daft punk of ‘Porcupine or Pineapple?’ and, well, shitloads besides. Despite the diversity, Brakes stamp so much charisma on everything that it hangs together perfectly.

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