20: Lonelady: Hinterland

Is Julia Ann Campbell’s merely a pastiche of the greatest achievements of her home town of Manchester?All the moves are here: the songs could fit snugly onto the hypothetical third Joy Division album released in 1981, the production mirrors the best of Martin Hannett, the dark shards of post punk mirroring Manchester’s post-industrial fall-out, I’m pretty sure the catalogue number is FAC502. The main difference is that Lonelady is absolutely good enough to be ranked alongside her biggest influences, rather than a talented tribute act enclosed in bondage by her own reverence. Lonelady’s 2nd album is simply brilliant, a brisk 9 songs and 47 minutes of infectious and angular new wave, there’s certainly tributes being paid here but they never over weigh the sheer quality of the songs. Manchester has been accused (often justifiably) of being a city far too in thrall to its own legacy, but ‘Hinterland’ shows exactly just how amazing it can be if you tune this worship into precisely the correct direction.

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‘Fun’ Fact: The title track is one of the best songs to have ever come out of Manchester. Fact.

Sounds a little too objective to be considered a ‘fact’. Since I’m obviously going to go on and love this artist you may as well recommend another song for me: Absolutely no problem, try ‘Flee

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