12 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Britpop didn’t just instil new confidence into UK guitar music, it gave something for the next generation of bands to push back against. On a debut that won the 1998 Mercury Prize, the questing spirit of these Merseysiders takes them—stylistically at least—as far as the Mississippi Delta and West Coast freeways. “Whippin’ Piccadilly” is a tale of a boozy day in Manchester set to electro-warped blues, a hypnotic, swampy groove cuts through the lo-fi, Beck-like “78 Stone Wobble” and hungover Mariachi ballad “Tijuana Lady” avoids pastiche by being inescapably gorgeous.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Britpop didn’t just instil new confidence into UK guitar music, it gave something for the next generation of bands to push back against. On a debut that won the 1998 Mercury Prize, the questing spirit of these Merseysiders takes them—stylistically at least—as far as the Mississippi Delta and West Coast freeways. “Whippin’ Piccadilly” is a tale of a boozy day in Manchester set to electro-warped blues, a hypnotic, swampy groove cuts through the lo-fi, Beck-like “78 Stone Wobble” and hungover Mariachi ballad “Tijuana Lady” avoids pastiche by being inescapably gorgeous.

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