Just finished listening to the Creep Show album for the third time – enough to formulate a view I believe.
The thing is, I remember Cabaret Voltaire and how interesting their work seemed to be when they started. Repeated listening revealed a little more earnestness and dare I day it dullness. Fast forward (or rewind) thirty years and here we are again with added John Grant. Cards on the table I bloody love John Grant, recently sat through 2 hours of elbow live to see him support and do part of the encore. When he sings here the whole project shifts up a few gears but it just feels like something that they had fun doing but we have less fun listening to.
On reflection, the issue may be that i am tone deaf to this stuff. I don’t like LCD Soundsystem much either (and they owe their entire career to a combination of The Cabs (as I have never referred to them before) and the Fall.
Nevertheless, I am left with a feeling of why?
If you need one track try safe and sound which is basically Kraftwerk with John Grant singing – now that’s a project i’d sit through even more of Elbow to see.