Vinny Peculiar (alias Alan Wilkes) releases with this CD a retrospective with new recordings, originals and remixes of his songs. The singer and guitarist has played in the past with musicians from The Smiths, Aztec Camera and The Fall, among others, but has kept them in front of "his carts" to ensure the most authentic sound possible. The sparsely instrumented numbers direct the concentration on the texts, which are far above today's level. Ironic titles like "Jesus Stole My Girlfriend" or biting and witty commentaries ("Confessions Of A Sperm Doctor") speak volumes. Idyllic Brit ballads in the style of the Kinks ("Lazy Bohemians"), dark sounds ("The Hairdressers"), relaxed tracks ("Time For Bed") and contemplative, but at the same time melancholy singer-songwriter numbers ("Egg Incident") sound somehow familiar, but still new. Vinny Peculiar is one of those overlooked talents who deserve a bigger fan circle because the man really has something to tell. The CD will be released on 10 March in a six-page digipak, including a booklet with the lyrics.
Top track: Egg Incident