Jimi Goodwin: Odludek (Heavenly/[PIAS] America) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Jimi Goodwin


Heavenly/[PIAS] America

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Maybe Jimi Goodwin got bored. Best known as frontman of post-Britpop outfit Doves, the Manchester veteran spent much of his career producing expansive guitar sounds that rarely deviated from type. So to hear his first solo outing, Odludek, strike such a distinctive fork in the road is surprising and refreshingfor him as much as us.

While Goodwin's distinctive intone will always hark back to his hits of yesterday, the sounds he creates here are definitely of the moment. The grinding "Live Like a River" and its tectonic synth line are a prime example of this new direction, while album opener "Terracotta Warrior" sets the scene with its magnificent grooving crescendo of bass and strings.

"Man v Dingo" is the most 'out there' moment here, coming across as a Tom Waits barroom brawler that's strung out like Happy Mondays at their most pharmaceutically-enhanced. Yet the spacious, percussive loll of "Ghost of the Empties" and dreamy "Oh Whiskey" prove Goodwin hasn't lost any of his tuneful swagger. For an old dog, he's got some promising new tricks. (www.jimigoodwin.com)

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