ALBUM REVIEW: Desperate Journalist – Maximum Sorrow! | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 02.07.21








Desperate Journalist are one of those bands who just get better with every record, honing their taut, dramatic indie-goth to improbable new levels.

On Maximum Sorrow!, they’re still breaking new ground, as demonstrated on brooding opener Formaldehyde, with its call of “when you are gone, who will remember you?” somehow sounding menacing and sweet all at once. They’re still the doyens of faintly 80s rock bangers too, with the propulsive bass of the likes of Personality Girlfriend proving a delicious counterpoint to the strident power of Jo Bevan’s voice. The latter has always been a key factor in the band’s alchemy, but she seems to be growing in confidence with every record. Another absolute corker from a truly underrated band.


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