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Music: Forget by Twin Shadow ****

(4AD)

Published 12/11/2010 | 05:00

George Lewis Jr. Remember the name. Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida and now resident in New York, the comparative newcomer has underlined his Anglophile obsessions with a hugely impressive debut album.

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Fusing the widescreen approach of Ocean Rain-era Echo and the Bunnymen with the keenly observed, lyrically astute drive of Morrissey in his pomp, Forget boasts songs you certainly won't forget from initial acquaintance.

The album is rooted in an unremembered 80s (Lewis was born in 1984), and in places the sonic design boasts the funk-rock of Bowie's Let's Dance.

When We're Dancing sounds like The Smiths on serotonin -- cocksure and gloriously uplifting. Yellow Balloon is even more anchored in that decade -- it's soulful and sinful and has radio hit written all over it.

Lewis's move to Brooklyn has been fruitful for lots of reasons, not least because it brought him into contact with Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, who produced the album and brought Lewis's playful side to the fore.

Burn it: When We're Dancing; Yellow Balloon

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