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Jeff Lowe may not be a household name but there's a good chance you may have heard his work as a session musician or a songwriter for hire, in the past he's worked with everyone from The Cutting Crew to Kiki Dee. In recent times Jeff has been working with his niece Holly Jazz Lowe, forming his own record company and writing this, his debut album, Hitchcock Cafe.
The fourteen track affair, is a varied affair featuring lovely warm acoustic laments such as the title track and the string laden Travesty Of Justice, infectious rockers such as the funky and witty (yet somewhat poignant) Public Information Song, psychedelic tinged odes such as the wonderful harmony drenched Bypass The Bypass and even soul in the shape of Wrong Junction.
Highlights come thick and fast throughout the albums duration, tracks such as the stunning Suicide River, a track featuring strings, acoustic and electric guitars and bewitching vocal harmonies that simply intoxicate the listener. Another standout is the glorious poppy yet seemingly tragic couch potato anthem, Closer, an infectious look at the addictive nature of TV and how people get sucked into the lives of fictional TV heroes. Goldilocks is a delicious seven minute odd combination of progressive rock and Squeeze like pop (only with added violin), whilst the album's closer (if you don't count the bizarre hidden extra track), Where I'm Bound sees Jeff add a previously unheard country tinge to proceedings completing the album with a brilliant rootsy rocker.
Now if you're looking for an album that's new and revolutionary you're best to look elsewhere, if however you have a desire for a mature release rammed full of strong, honest and catchy songs that you can hum along to, then the work of Jeff Lowe will be right up your street.
Rhythm & Booze Rating: 8