Album review

The Folk Implosion - The New Folk Implosion

Following the split with ex-Folk Implosion colleague John Davis, there now appears to be no distinction between this 'band' and Sebadoh. Certainly this is emotionally a world away from the sublime good humour of the Folk Implosion's previous album. The opening bucolic acoustics of "Fuse" and "Pearl" soon give way to the rockier "Releast" and "Coral". A bitterness pervades the record (references to "self-destruction" in "Releast", the repeated "miles away" in "Creature Of Salt"), with Barlow's voice sounding like Eric Matthews, before reaching an uneasy acoustic compromise on the closing "Easy". For Barlow stalwarts only.

Rating: 2 / 10


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