Underground Overdue (CD)
Rock N Reel Magazine 2008
This is the third proper Project Adorno album and once
again the eclectic duo of Praveen Manghani and Russell Thompson combine a
unique mix of poetry, programmed beats, chanson and pop, though the songs
seem to be slowly gaining ascendancy over the spoken word. The album
features material from their last 3 Edinburgh fringe shows with many live
favourites including ‘Song For Germaine’ and ‘Upney Sidings’.
As always their inspired lyrical commentaries and observations cover every
aspect of contemporary popular culture and are affecting, moving and shot
through with irony, intelligence and humour. They manage to simultaneously
exhibit both an affectionate understanding and a quiet despair for the
momentous and the trivial concerns of the modern age. The subjects range
from Germaine Greer to McFly, from J. G. Ballard to Skegness Beach, from
the flag of Romania to London Chip shops, and everything in between. All
human life is here.
production is more confident than ever and stronger at the bass end than
on previous recordings. As good as it is though, one can imagine what a
craftsman like The The’s Matt Johnson would do with this material, if
they could persuade him in the producers chair.
Russell and Praveen’s intricate wordplay has always been a joy, but on
this album they have taken great strides
with the musical content and it contains a number of gorgeous melodies,
particularly the aching melancholy of ‘The Secret Dream Of Neil
Tenant’ and the Zappa-ish ‘Little P.C.’
Here we have an album
that pulls off the rare trick of being both original and accessible.