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Album Review: Inspiral Carpets - (self-titled) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sam Lightle   
24 10 2014
ImageFrom the days of the 90s Britpop era - where The Stone Roses, transformed music with their controversial political lyrics and Oasis took British rock n roll bigger heights, there was another band who for some slipped under the radar - Inspiral Carpets. But now they are back on the block with their latest self-titled LP, ahead of a string of live shows this winter...

While ‘Fools Gold' and ‘Step On' were flying around our airwaves, Inspiral Carpets had their own take on music with ‘Commercial Rain' summing up everything you need to know about the Madchester scene - as it was.

Despite breaking up in 1995 and failing to reach the lofty heights as their contemporaries did, Inspiral Carpets brought through a definitive dance anthem that's held them in close contact with the scene ever since.

And now this new LP, their first for 20 years, is about to mark the return of this wonderful band. The first obvious change is Stephen Holts voice has developed, quite a bit. It's matured with age and really gives him a greater depth to his array of vocal tones. After an intense start in ‘Monochrome', the LP's single ‘Spitfire' comes in with its psychedelic flicks before the same vibrancy returns later in the LP with, ‘Changes' and ‘Hey Now'.

‘A To Z Of My Heart' is a lively electronic-esque track with a real energy that causes for a 90s Britpop listen, however, the contrast couldn't be greater from the next track nipping closely at its heels with ‘Calling Out To You'. This song has a driving beat that compels you to bop your head to the music. It's backed with a sublime chorus as lead singer Holts belts out ‘I'm Calling Out To You...'

‘Flying Like A Bird', takes the proceedings down a step or two - it's slow. It has an extremely eerie, dark feel and it's almost delivered in a capella type fashion to start with. However, what I'd argue to be normal service is resumed with ‘Our Time'. It's a full blooded attempt with spiralling lyrics and effortless vocals that are complemented with an emotive tune. 

This then makes way for ‘Forever Here', which is strikingly similar to the Stone Roses' ‘Fools Gold' - just a faster paced version. But of course the inspiration and the history is there. While ‘Let You Down' seems like this Manchester band stopped off in Nottingham and let Sleaford Mods work on it track. Before the LP closes with ‘Human Shield' - a teasing psychedelic blast...

It's typical Inspiral Carpets. This 12 track LP, gets you spinning and eager for more. It harbours all the flashes and tangible chords that are alluring to the ears. Perfect. 

4/5

Release date: October 20, 2014

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