This move doesn’t quite see the self-styled “London's No.1 Pop Group” turn into “Cornwall’s No.1 Pop Group” but the Cornish milieu dominates proceedings. There’s even - gasp! - biting social commentary on The Ghost of the Fishing Fleet.
Did someone say concept album? How wrong they were. This is very much a Hit Parade album, so it’s songs about girls and being a bit of a loser in love. Old musical themes are revisited: Spector piano on From Paddington to Penzance, fist-pumpin’ punk pop on Treen Girl, pocketbook electropop on See You At The Seaside, gurlie dickweed indie on Zennor Mermaid.
So business as usual, then. Only instead of getting dumped in London’s leafy western suburbs, it will come as no surprise when our hero Julian Henry advises us that the “girl from Penzance/kicks me in the pants”.
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Cornish Pop Songs is a glorious collection of melodic, memorable guitar-based tunes which harks back to the sweet sha-la-la of the indie years but packs a 21st century production punch, all topped by Julian's eager schoolboy-like vocals. You'd never guess he's 55. (...)
Highlights include the quite beautiful Zennor Mermaid (a cousin to Blur's To The End) and the Undertones-like power pop of Treen Girl. It's the perfect summer soundtrack and a brilliant, cohesive album with or without the Cornish connection.