As one of the original 90s Britpop bands, The Candyskins got lost in the rush of Oasis and Blur mania in the U.K. and lost the plot in the U.S., with their last album Sunday Morning Fever not even receiving an American release. Happily the band has returned with the best album of their career—a veritable treasure trove of great tunes and even better arrangements. “Feed It” features a stomping chorus and a set of lyrics inspired by the Heaven’s Gate cult’s mass suicide, but it’s really not that much of a downer.
The standout is the title track, “Death Of A Minor TV Celebrity,” which possesses deeply irony-shaded lyrics and rousing melodies. Never quite in the same musical camp as the mid 90s Britpop bands—maybe it’s the lack of laddishness—the Candyskins’ sound has always been closer in spirit to the Swedish pop of The Merrymakers and This Perfect Day, the Dutch guitar rock of Johan, and the spinART bands Poole and Lotion. Of course, the Candyskins came before that lot, so it’s quite clear they’ve been more relevant than most critics have been willing to admit.
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