ALBUM REVIEW: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth – Utopian Ashes | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 02.07.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unlikely pairing, Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth’s musical alchemy began back in 2015 when they met whilst performing alongside Suicide at the Barbican. A sharp contrast to both the euphoric hedonism of Primal Scream and harsh, intense menace of Savages, Utopian Ashes’ cues are taken from classic country soul duets, adorned with estranged characters whose unions drift apart with the passage of time.

With Gillespie largely taking the lead (backed by his Primal Scream bandmates and regular Beth collaborator Johnny Hostile), its nine cuts are emotionally pitched and beautifully orchestrated, yet rarely feel like natural habitat for either stoner icon nor Gothic provocateur. A worthy detour, though not one likely to live long in the memory.

 

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