Sunday 17 December 2017

Music Review: Mister Heavenly: Out of Love ***

(Sub Pop)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Mister Heavenly is a trio with two members culled from a pair of under-the-radar US indie bands, Islands and Man Man, plus Joe Plummer (who is the drummer for both Modest Mouse and The Shins).

Their schtick marks them out from the pack: not many would think of fusing grunge and doo-wop, and these boys enjoy more hits than misses with this odd marriage of genres.

When it works -- as on the gloriously catchy pair, Harm You and Pineapple Girl -- Mister Heavenly are on to a winner. Think Modest Mouse meets The Marcels. And the sense of fun is heightened by the mickey-taking lyrics that ransack the innocent rhyming couplets of the 50s.

Elsewhere, the routine runs a little thin and, towards the album's end, there's the unavoidable sense that this is more a side project than a going concern for the three. Still, this is an album I'm likely to return to time and again.

Burn it: Harm You; Pineapple Girl

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