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Lyle Christine

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By • Apr 2nd, 2017 • Category: long players

DIY used to mean scratchy and hissy music – very much low in fidelity, often created by talented songwriters with little interest in glitzy studios run by big record labels.

Fast forward to 2017, and technology means that home-based acts can produce professional and polished albums like this, Lyle Christine’s eighth solo release. Of course, if the music’s not up to it… but it very much is.

Closest to grunge in style, the 10 tunes here are all driven by infuriatingly catchy guitar licks. With Christine being a one-man-band, there’s no chance of gigs just yet – which is a shame, as it rocks as hard as the Seattle acts of yore.

Lyrically, yes, it’s angsty, although largely tongue-in-cheek: “I worry that I worry far too much”. Can’t see a problem here…

(This review originally appeared in the Buchanie)

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