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Ex-Auteurs frontman and Britpop provocateur Luke Haines follows up his concept album about 1970s wrestling with an even more outlandish conceit – a kid’s album that isn’t really meant for kids about a fox, a cat and a badger living in Walton-on-Thames. Oh, and the creatures are based on a trio of rockers, Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey, Gene Vincent and Nick Lowe.

The music is pastiche psychedelic folk, like an extended skit from surreal sitcom The Mighty Boosh, while Haines forces his natural inclination towards sarcasm into tones of breathy vocal wonderment.

There’s an excellent sideswipe at Antony Gormley’s “Angel of the North” statue (“Monstrosity of steel and wire”) but the comic whimsy is dialled a little too high for my liking.

Luke Haines

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