Album review

John Squire - Marshall's House

Like Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler, Squire suffers from the lead guitarist's desire to take centre stage. Like Marr and Butler, too, he doesn't have much of a voice—an oddly Americanised, strangled Peter Perrett squawk of extremely limited range which actually sounds painful to produce. Apparently these 11 songs are inspired by Edward Hopper's enigmatic Americana, but there's nothing that evokes the curious conflation of homeliness and unearthly stillness in Hopper's painting. Rather, it's a functional selection of unspectacular power pop with the odd pastoral bit. Hard to believe that this was the man responsible for the fluid, susurrous funk of "Fool's Gold": he needs what he probably wants least—a collaborating vocalist—to really fire him up.

Rating: 2 / 10


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