Lucky Jim were Skint’s first ever guitar band, and such a move might be viewed as a concession to the general consensus that dance music is 'dead'.
Yet, with Lucky Jim, aka Gordon Graham* and Ben Townsend, Skint might soon be, er, dancing on dance’s grave. The title track is all Spanish guitar, swoonsome strings, and pleading vocals with a faintly nostalgic air. It’s the kind of thing Lemon Jelly* might make if they were influenced by Leonard Cohen**. Indeed, a suitably downbeat yet marvellous take on misery guts' classic ‘Hallelujah’ is included here along with blissful new track ‘Somewhere Up Ahead’.
Also, the ‘Lesbia’ EP serves as a perfect synopsis of the Brighton based duo’s fabulous debut album ‘Our Troubles End Tonight’ which refused to sell despite critical acclaim from everyone from The Sun to Word, from Dazed & Confused to, well, us, actually.
Have we ever let you down? No but clearly Skint must be mad for releasing this so close to Christmas. It’ll either be a surprise festive hit or more than likely get swamped under the usual (Yule)tide of crap. Still, the ‘Lesbia’ EP is really rather lovely and deserves to be heard.
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