In a statement supplied with this second record, Money-frontman Jamie Lee discusses his dissatisfaction with the band’s debut. “‘The Shadow Of Heaven’ had a gloss to it, which didn’t feel right,” he explains, adding, “This time, I wanted more truth, for it to sound more organic and natural.” By these criteria, ‘Suicide Songs’ is a success.

Now a trio, Money have become impressionistic in their approach, loosely daubing sounds onto the canvas, with broad brushstrokes. During ‘I Am The Lord’ it works particularly well. Building from a burbling beginning, redolent of Suede’s on ‘Still Life’, the band gradually add layers of acoustic guitar, dilruba and ‘Sea Change’-like strings. Set adrift amongst the waves of sound, Lee is all-but overwhelmed as he rues, “A world swims inside of me, and I’m going to drown.”

Throughout, the onus is on vocal takes that are emotionally honest rather than technically perfect, and this rawness helps strengthen the record’s desolate narrative. On ‘Cocaine Christmas And An Alcoholic’s New Year’, Lee slurs over sparse piano and the muted warmth of brass, and you can vividly picture him propping up the bar alone. This method-style performance is certainly more in keeping with Money’s live shows, but on tracks like ‘Hopeless World’ – where a ragged vocal delivery is combined with a meandering melody – it can start to seem self-indulgent.


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