The Free French – It’s Not Me, It’s You

Soul-baring pure pop

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Rhodri Marsden’s debut Free French album Running On Batteries lay criminally ignored among the rubble of Britpop, but now the dust has settled he’s back with an all new line-up and another set of smart, catchy, hook-laden songs. Opening track “Scatterbrain” combines the melodic nous of Brian Wilson with the cerebral approach of Scritti Politti, but after that it’s a headlong rush into brighter, more upbeat territory with witty lyrics and intoxicating melodies.

Intellectually cohesive yet enjoyably throwaway.

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