ALBUM REVIEW: The Blinders – Fantasies of a Stay at Home Psychopath | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 17.07.20







With their no frills set-up and overt noir lyricism, Manchester trio The Blinders gaze is set squarely on the crossover post-punk nirvana accomplished by the likes of Idles and Fontaines D.C.

Although a solid progression from 2018’s Columbia, this second album lacks both the freshness and dynamism to emulate their contemporaries’ successes. That’s not to call Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath a write-off, however. Crisp yet clamorous, the likes of Forty Days And Forty Nights and Lunatic With A Loaded Gun spearhead a visceral opening, while the record’s darker designs bear fruit on the slinking, Cure-like From Nothing To Abundance. At times, this momentum is spurned no sooner than it’s gathered, yet at its finest Fantasies… is an admirable stab at capturing the verve of their vaunted live shows.


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