ALBUM REVIEW: Jim Noir – Finnish Line | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 3.11.14


Jim Noir has never been an artist to shy away from his influences, but Finnish Line is almost parodic in its pandering to Noir’s assorted idols. The opening to The Ancoats Dream lifts so heavily from Don’t Look Back In Anger that Noel Gallagher should receive a writing credit, whilst Strange Range is what The Beatles would have sounded like with John Squire on guitar. Distinct lack of originality aside, Finnish Line is a highly enjoyable album, and shows continued improvement and maturity from Jim Noir, although it will give you a strange urge to dig out Sgt. Pepper. But hey, if you’re going to rip anyone off, you may as well rip off something good, right?

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