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Blue Songs by Hercules And Love Affair
Released: Jan 2011
Label: Moshi Moshi Records
This is not quite the Hercules and Love Affair you met in 2008: DFA's Tim Goldsworthy and Tyler Pope are gone, and there are no guest spots from Antony. (In his place is Bloc Party's Kele Okereke.) Turning away from the full-bore disco of the debut album, HLA's Andrew Butler concentrates on deep-house tropes of the '80s and '90s, with an additional helping of diva vocals both male and female. But songs like the title cut, with its soft synths and clarinet, show that Butler's songwriting can reach far beyond genre pastiche, when the inspiration strikes him.
Philip Sherburne
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