Lennox’s immersive creations have a formula that’s changed little since his debut. The pop writers and hipsters have got what’s demanded so you can leave progress and development lost somewhere in the far yonder, along with his tunes. He’s the man who delivers 11 melodies, none of which stick.
Gathering Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Kanye collaborator Jeff Bhasker could have resulted in the too many cooks effect. Surprisingly, “Uptown Special” is a collection that faithfully replicates 80s funk, soul and pop with aplomb. It’s a project of obvious, yet fluid dynamics, carried largely by the verve and enthusiasm Ronson and co. have injected into every groove. Wouldn’t look out of place as a GTA soundtrack radio station.
Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho.
The supposed big comeback album sees Patrick Stump and co. playing it dreadfully straight with a synth pop sound that will probably suit Maroon 5 fans. It depends on your mood…you can either take this album as a joke or a bad dream.