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Noir, Jim
Self-Titled
(Barsuk)

The psychedelic, Polyphonic Spree-esque slam of the opening, “Welcome Commander Jameson” is a promising start for Manchester’s Jim Noir. From here, however, Noir takes an unforeseen turn into Radio Dept. (!) territory with the delightful dance number “All Right”, complete with layered vocals very much in line with Beach Boys harmonies. In fact, Jim Noir could easily be confused with Mike Love throughout! It gets a tad confusing from here as “What U Gonna Do” leads you into this hippy jig that would be more welcome as a b-side. A free-floating, acoustic-based, “Don’t You Worry” quickly jumps back on track with the repetitious, open-ended “If you don’t want to be with me, what do you expect me to be?” chorus. Noir answers this with an upbeat, “Don’t you worry, I’ll be fine.” From here the surprises keep coming: it’s more of a fuzzy, infectious pop record rather than what I expected it to be, which was an electronic dance album. It also gives me slight pause to wonder why I haven’t heard of him and why I haven’t checked out his earlier output yet after hearing this!


-James


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