Album review

Bent - The Everlasting Blink

Now wealthy enough to not fall foul of record company lawyers (unpaid for Nana Mouskouri samples resulted in tracks being pulled from their 2000 debut Programmed To Love), The Everlasting Blink features a series of inspired if somewhat bizarre guest stars. Nuzzling alongside expected collaborators such as The Beloved's Jon Marsh and superproducer Stephen Hague, there are vocals from David Essex ("Stay The Same") and country legend Billie Jo Spears ("So Long Without You"), as well as an inspired uptempo number featuring '70s soft rock icons Captain & Tennille ("Magic Love"). Mainstream success hasn't diminished the band's loveable lo-fi DIY ethic, however—this is quintessential English daft-tronica.

Rating: 4 / 10


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