Title - 'Humanworld'
Artist - Peter Perrett
One of the recent past’s most unexpected comeback stories, Peter Perrett – former frontman of The Only Ones (formed in London in 1976 and originally disbanded in 1982, they were associated with punk rock, yet straddled the musical territory in between punk, power pop and hard rock, with noticeable influences from psychedelia - resurfaced in 2017 with How The West Was Won, an album that saw him chart in the UK.
In this new chapter, Peter continues to dissect romance and politics with his trademark sense of sardonic wit and wry humor, if not with more vigor and a palpable sense of immediacy, on Humanworld, his second album for Domino.
1. 'I Want Your Dreams'
2. 'Once Is Enough'
3. 'Heavenly Day'
4. 'Love Comes On Silent Feet'
5. 'The Power Is In You'
6. 'Believe In Nothing'
7. 'War Plan Red'
8. '48 Crash'
9. 'Walking In Berlin'
10. 'Love's Inferno'
11. 'Master Of Destruction'
The album begins with the gently jangled lo-fi storytelling of 'I Want Your Dreams' with the groove being upped for the wants and desires found within 'Once Is Enough,' and then comes one of my own personal favorites, the reminiscing of a perfect first date on 'Heavenly Day.'
The fervent guitars and drums of the rollercoaster of a track 'Love Comes On Silent Feet' are up next with the lazy hazy mid tempo ballad 'The Power Is In You' backing it up beautifully.
The drum-led telling-it-like-it-is 'Believe In Nothing' ("It's not a time for hope. Living is a joke") together with some stirring viola work (from Jenny Maxwell) is next and that's followed by the rambunctious 'War Plan Red,' and then the melodic early-'90s indie vibe of '48 Crash.'
The moody ambiance of 'Walking In Berlin' resonates the '70s subculture and anarchist freedom associated with Germany shortly after the Wall fell with the free flowing hipsway of 'Love's Inferno' along next.
The album then rounds out with the sounds of a radio being tuned in, landing on a song ('Master Of Destruction') that wishes to inform the masses of what the leading cause of their downfall is, with a final return to lo-fi on the nourishing love song, 'Carousel.'
Peter’s band includes his guitar and bass playing sons Jamie and Peter Jr, drummer Jake Woodward, Jenny Maxwell (Microkorg synthesiser, viola, BVs) and Lauren Moon (keys, drums, BVs).
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