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Choke

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Choke

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
3307
publisher:
Doubleday
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a C-

Every so often, the British pop scene spawns a band that’s pretentious but that manages to redeem its affectations with wit, invention, and melodic grace. Not so this time. Paul Heaton — an alumnus of one of the acclaimed ’80s British imports, the Housemartins has a melancholy baritone and a penchant for the ironic that recall former Smiths frontman Morrissey. But on his new band’s second album, Choke, Heaton writes songs that capture all of the pomp and none of the poignancy of the ex-Smith and his ilk. C-

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