Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle
The definition of a cult band - in the UK at least - album number eight from Blonde Redhead perhaps reflects the circumstances in which it was recorded, with sessions split between New York and Stockholm leading to a glacially-cool sheen that catches the moment but largely fails to sink in. There's a heavy trip-hop influence at work here with the spacier work of Massive Attack and Portishead coming to mind, aided no doubt by the production team of Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray, Glasser) and regular mixer Alan Moulder. 'My Plants Are Dead' is pleasantly dead-eyed, like shoegaze through a stoner haze, and there are other moments of interest like the Bjork-y title track, but they're few and far between. This penny has lost its lustre.