Knowle West Boy

How does an artist return gracefully to the music biz, more than a decade after his prime and five years since his last, largely unheralded release? It’s, well…tricky. An alt-culture hero in the ’90s, the English trip-hopper born Adrian Thaws hasn’t created a masterwork along the lines of 1994’s Maxinquaye, but Knowle West Boy still offers a diverse evocation of his childhood (see ”Council Estate,” ”School Gates”) in the poverty-riddled district of the title. His trademark gravel-gargle vocals suit the disc’s spookier, dancier tracks (not so much on the outright rockers), and even — hello, dance floor! — a nearly unrecognizable cover of Kylie Minogue’s ”Slow.” B
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Knowle West Boy
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