27/30 indie/alternative revisited review rock

life without buildings – any other city (2001)

It’s hard to say how a vocalist ought to be. That said, ‘Any Other City’ is narrated by the most infectiously fun British voice of the 2000’s. The record was mainly made by ex-art students who then returned to visual or written forms of expression. For a moment, each of their artistries met to birth an economical, but poignantly peculiar album at the apex. It’s not worth saying ‘the instruments are simple,’ because they’re mathematically all they need to be. It is worth saying again what a magnificent performance Sue Tompkins gives, because almost noone has managed to sound so life-affirmingly honest since.


A favourite: ‘PS Exclusive’

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