medicine

It’s been 18 years since the wheels came off the unsteady dream pop wagon that had spawned an album a year since 1992. Having released a remix collection that demonstrated the regard they were once held in by featuring contributions from Robin Guthrie and Billy Corgan, Medicine split after 1995’s decidedly average ‘Her Highness’. 2013, however, sees them join perhaps their closest antecedent, My Bloody Valentine, in a shoegaze revival and, like MBV, ‘To The Happy Few’ is much more than a paint by numbers coda.

Unpeel its layers of distortion pedals and whispered vocals and it offers up a suite of irresistible pop hooks. Highlights include ‘It’s Not Enough’, with its pounding snares and bruising, fuzz guitars, the psychedelic duet ‘The End Of The Line’ and the syncopated grooves of ‘Find Me Always’. Give this the repeated listens it deserves and you’ll find that ‘To The Happy Few’ soars; it just does so with subtlety.

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