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Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders, Playmate (Fat Possum Records)
CD Reviews: March 12, 2015

03/12/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders, Playmate (Fat Possum Records)

If you insist on pure unadulterated bollocks in your throwback-rock music, man, did you ever pick the right decade. That’s not to say that the 1950s craze of the 1980s or the ’90s-hippies were a lot better; they weren’t, but it seems that way too many artists these days are misreading the 1980s aesthetic. And no, we’re not even talking about She Wants Revenge. Australian Nick Cave soundalike (at least in timbre, if not passion) Ladder drawls along lazily to a series of not-quite-fast-enough-to-dance-to, Simple Minds-like numbers produced and engineered by people associated with Presets and FKA Twigs. Yeah, I’ve heard of them, sure, and I care about them about as much as the next guy — in other words, who are those guys again? Actually, come to think of it, this really would be a great one to keep near your SWR records, not because it’s Depeche Mode-dark even when it really tries; despite its new-jack emotional-vortex borderline-emo lyricism, it simply serves as a reminder that a lot of folks had good reason to detest the 1980s. Ick. C+ Eric W. Saeger





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