Johnny Borrell, second from left, is one of the "Dalston set" of musicians who came up in London in the first half of this decade. He's a reformed smack addict who is now more than willing to work the crowd with a very grunge-lovely eek and a lovely riah. Pete Doherty hates him so much he headbutted him (a la Gidane!) at the Leeds Festival last summer!
The new Q Magazine gives the eponymous Razorlight CD 5 stars, as in "Q classic." It's due tomorrow in the UK. At 35 minutes, with 10 tracks, it is supposedly the "best guitar album since Defintely Maybe." Hmmmm! The new single "In The Morning" (video here) sounds like a cross between RHCP, The Cars and Blondie. Johnny's delivery on the verses is almost "Rapture" like, while he channels Anthony Kiedis on the chorus.
For this post, I have chosen a more sensitive new song, "Los Angeles Waltz." Namechecking Mulholland Drive, Beck and Kings Of Leon, this song is pure Chateau Marmont balladry. Love how it goes soft in the middle eight and Johnny wails, "we own each otherrrrrr." The vamp in the final minute is stunning... it gives me chills!
I find it ridiculous that NME has a contest to win breakfast with the band. Really. Can you imagine? Hangovers, scouser-esque talk, bad breath and greasy hair? Not to mention Whiskey passed under the table at 9 am...
"Doctor Doctor" (new b-side)