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Alcoa - Parlour Tricks

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 17 February 2015 at 15.52

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Get the hankies, ladies and gents, this one's a tearjerker.

Fighting fit again and (by our reckoning) about a tenth mechanical after a recent hip operation, Defeater frontman Derek Archambault is back with a second album from his side-project. Much like the band’s debut ‘Bone & Marrow’, ‘Parlour Tricks’ is all about introspection and reflection, and manages to be both twee and soulful without plodding too much. The morose, folk-tinged ‘Come & Go’ is a highlight that combines with softer cuts like twisted, piano-led ballad ‘Poison Acquaintance’ to ensure that Archambault succeeds in continuing to burn the candle at both ends.

This review originally appears in issue 197 of Rock Sound. You can download it noworder a copy to your door, or pick it up from UK stores TODAY. To see what else is inside the mag, click on the cover below.

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