Album review

Johnny Marr And The Healers - Boomslang

Though 'historic' in being the first album of his career as a singing frontman, for those who have bothered to follow Marr's career, Boomslang isn't so extreme a manoeuvre—there was, after all, Electronic's underrated 1999 swansong Twisted Tenderness, not to mention his ubiquitous moonlighting with the likes of Oasis.

"The Last Ride" and "Bangin' On" are the sound of a man who, by this late hour, has more than earned his right to rock out, audibly energised by the handiwork of his apprentices (Gallagher Snr especially).

Most rewarding, though, are the serene "Something To Shout About" and the cascading "Down On The Corner": respectively, the No 1 smash Electronic should have had and the massive hit a reformed Smiths still could. Well, a boy can dream.

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...