The Inspiral Carpets, along with the Stones Roses and the Happy Mondays, are the spearhead of the Manchester scene in the late eighties/ early nineties. After more than 20 years now present a new studio album with a pleasant retro touch. In a warm and transparent sound - far away from the noise orgies of the old times - they present a sound based on organ, groovy rhythms and economical guitars, which offers an ideal basis for the melodious singing. A track that reminds of the Stranglers at their best ("Spitfire"), a little fifties nostalgia with Joy Division flair ("A To Z Of My Heart"), a restrained ballad ("Flying Like A Bird") and rocky eighties garage tracks ("Changes", "Hey Now") radiate an incomparable freshness, which is probably also due to the short production time, in which the musicians didn't "play the songs to death". Besides appearances in the Band Of The Wall (Manchester) and at the Isle Of Wight Festival there are more shows to come. A more than successful comeback.
Top track: A To Z Of My Heart