ALBUM REVIEW: Black Grape – Pop Voodoo | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.08.17
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For about 5 minutes during an episode of TFI Friday in 1995, Black Grape were probably the most influential band in the country. Twenty-odd years later, Shaun Ryder and Kermit reunite for a ridiculous throwback that makes no attempt to move forward stylistically or even acknowledge the passage of time.

The sound of an embarrassing mid-life crisis, Pop Voodoo bounces a little unsteadily through a series of ill-advised lyrical throwaways and disastrous non-tunes. There’s no flow, no laughs and the music is dated and off the shelf. It’s a shame to see an apparently sober Shaun having to hawk his legacy around like this to wherever the money is.  The one point is just for the audaciously optimistic press-release that came with it.

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