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At a certain point of his solo career, after a first instrumental, orchestral concept album inspired by Italo Calvino and a folk follow up, Bill Ryder-Jones went adrift. The inability to connect to the music he was working on for his alleged third record led him off of his regular path, to the point that the project needed to be aborted. But every cloud has a silver lining, and without that negative phase, there’s a good chance that we wouldn’t have ‘West Kirby County Primary.’

Less juvenile than its predecessor, this new album from the former Coral guitarist sees him getting back to his electric six-strings and move on from childhood stories to add a mellow rock’n’roll echo to grown-up songs. Produced by John Ford and recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, ‘West Kirby County Primary’ sounds quintessentially British, recalling Pulp and even the early Coldplay, with a hint of that ’50s mood that’s helped defined the latest Arctic Monkeys. and some crooning à la Richard Hawley. Get your parka and sunglasses on, and enjoy.

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