Jan 052010
Spitting sarcasm and a slightly unconvincing rage? Check
Madonna/whore view of women? Check
Ambivalence toward violence? Check
Inability/unwillingness to shake off a narrow range of US influences? Check
Arrogance/self-doubt in equal measure? Check
Clumsy humour? Check
Magpie-pilfering from a rag-bag of genres? Check
Yep, on cursory listen, everything’s in place on Dizzee’s third album for it to be the perfect 2007 white indie-band release. Except, of course, it’s not white and it ain’t indie and things are far more complex than lazy rock journalist parodies. Continue reading »

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