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George Lewis Jr’s third album as Twin Shadow manages to sound dated to two entirely different eras, while doing neither much justice. The first, perhaps predictably given his previous two records, is the mid-80s po-faced pop of Phil Collins, Madonna and Huey Lewis, all dead-serious over-emoting, gated drums and glossy production; the second is the post-‘Drive’-soundtrack landscape of 2011 in which Lewis found initial success, itself in debt to that mid-80s aesthetic but seductively fresh enough at the time to remain alluring.

In 2015, though, both of these temporal callbacks grate if the source material isn’t up to scratch, and unfortunately ‘Eclipse’ suffers from slathering stodgy cake with sickly icing. Consequently, ‘To The Top’ is a tepid imaging of Foreigner covering ‘Baby Can I Hold You Tonight’, ‘Alone’ is College without the insouciance, and only ‘Old Love/New Love’ – itself a straight lift of Prince’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ that could do with more Prince and less Twin Shadow – offers any joy.

Occasionally there’s a hint that this album could be rescued by the hands of genuine charisma factories like Taylor Swift or the Haim sisters, but relying only on Lewis and his stagey, clenched-fist faux anguish to pull it through is a mistake: it leaves ‘Eclipse’ bumbling, bloated and disappointingly crass.

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