Jack Peñate – Matinée

February 3, 2008

I did a short review of some Jack Peñate songs in advance of this release of the full length debut by this UK musician, and I compared the music to the Housemartins. That remains true on Matinée, where you’ll hear echoes of Haircut 100, the Specials and the English Beat as well. Penate’s faster tempo songs work better than his slower tunes, as with “Spit At Stars,” “Have I Been A Fool?,” “Torn At The Platform” and “Second, Minute Or Hour,” the highlights of the album. However, the hidden track on track 11, an alternate, slowed down version of “Learning Lines,” is terrific. It’s a spirited, fun debut from a promising solo artist.

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