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Mancunian: Parlour Flames

Mancunian: Parlour Flames

Parlour Flames

Parlour Flames

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Mancunian: Parlour Flames

Album Review: Parlour flames Parlour Flames (Cherry Red) **

Remember Paul Arthurs from Oasis? He was the bald guy they used to call Bonehead. Little has been heard of him since parting ways with the Gallagher brothers in 1999 – until now.

He recently started writing songs with fellow Mancunian Vinny Peculiar and their efforts find their way onto this debut – the first music to bear his name in more than 14 years.

There are a handful of moments where the pair's instincts for a good tune ring through, not least on the California Dreaming-inspired Manchester Rain in which Vinny sings "all the fields are brown and the buildings are grey" and on the harmonious single, Pop Music, Football & Girls, which could have been specially written for Sky's Saturday show Soccer AM.

For the most part, though, Parlour Flames is a dull album that can't rise above the sum of its influences despite the presence of personnel from Badly Drawn Boy and I Am Kloot – although Bonehead's use of the e-bow on his guitar on a number of tracks is to be complemented.

KEY TRACKS Pop Music, Football & Girls

Irish Independent