King Of Woolworths – Rediffusion

Third album by pick'n'mix pop candyman

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Jon Brooks is regent of a timelocked region whose anthem was composed by Delia Derbyshire, where the first lady is the Slimcea Girl and Robert Moog is a knight of the realm. Bordered by the eerie plains of the Boards Of Canada and the dreamy suburbs of St Etienne, with a prevailing climate of wistful reverie, the principal exports are poignant reconstructions of half-remembered TV theme tunes. When they drift beyond the generically pretty (as on the mournful “Divertissements” or the noir of “Crazy Lions”) the results are delectable, but much here seems destined to soundtrack commercials for soft furnishings.


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