Brave Captain – All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

Third album proper from ex-Boo Radley Martin Carr

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Too often, Brave Captain has indulged rather than harnessed Carr’s creativity, with eclectic sound collages merely papering over poor material. Once again, Carr wrestles the rock canon (Dylan touches, “Eleanor Rigby”strings) with spluttering tech beats and chewy dub. A few songs are better this time, notably the lovely title track and the dewy-eyed, Wilson-tainted “Big Black Pigpile”. As ever, though, Carr’s ambitions outrun his abilities (the neo-rap on “Flow Machines”), and he still sounds tentative even when attempting to be bold.

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