Very well polished new one from Patrick with some of his most commercial sounding songs but still retaining his quirkiness. ‘Time of My Life’ is a fantastic track – lovely strings and really infectious. ‘The City’ is also a great little pop song. He had a little rant at the Roundhouse gig that people keep referring to the sax contributions as being an 80s throwback – whether it is or not I like it. The album has at least five really strong pop songs which you can envisage as being long standing classics in his future sets.
2)Wild Beasts Smother
I think on balance this is even better than Two Dancers. Love ‘Lion’s Share’, ‘Reach A Bit Further’ and ‘Bed Of Nails’ with the former two really striking a great balance between the two vocalists. Grows with every listen.
3)St Vincent Strange Mercy
Takes a while to sink in but this is really great. Lots of unexpected twists and turns and good use of pauses. …