Peanuts

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Stanley brinks drops the Kaniks and The Wave Pictures in favour of nobody on this new album Peanuts. But despite the lack of an "and the" on the sleeve, he has still brought along frequent collaborator Clemence Freschard (along with Claire Falzon and Helene Nuland) so it makes for a pleasing full-band sound. Unsurprisingly, it's thoroughly breezy, filled with noodling guitars and Brinks' trademark laid back vocal style and witticisms. But we also get a healthy dose of saxophone which mixes things up quite nicely. Brinks occasionally strips things right back, such as on the eerie "Old World Theater", or the rare downbeat departure "Next Year". The highlight of the record though is undoubtedly "Tall Man" which is like a weird take on early 70's classic rock, taking in the Stones and The E Street Band, but also adding a whole load of Brinks' unique delivery. A solid addition to the Brinks and Friends catalogue.

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