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Graham Coxon - A+E

Released: 02/04/2012 Parlophone
Living Brit-pop relic Coxon adds to his seven previous solo albums. This one sees the ex-ex-Blur guitarist not only ‘plug in' again (after 2009's acoustic-led concept album, The Spinning Top) but also introduces some interesting krautrock influences into the mix (see inflections of Kraftwerk in lead single ‘What'll It Take').      For more information visit: http://www.grahamcoxon.co.uk/ Watch:
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Drowned In Sound“It’s difficult to shake the sense that A+E has been done before...” Some of Coxon’s finest solo moments are to be found in the belly of this rewarding, if stunted, record. But today, in 2012, A+E and Graham Coxon will always fall under the shadow of something much, much bigger...
 
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BBC“A+E is by far his finest work to date...” A brilliantly inventive and majestically sprawling album which sees the multi-skilled musician take on a wry, Philip Larkin-esque role of the eccentric outsider, casting a cheeky eye over a very British kind of hedonism...
 
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NME“His finest bomb-blast guitar work...” Coxon has made one of the best albums of his career – a pop record with dangerously anti-social tendencies. May this lost boy never grow up...
 
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The Independent“Leaves a grim aftertaste...” Reflecting its loose conceptual theme about drunken British lairiness, the raw indie-punk grinds and krautrock pulses have a brutish drive and determination...
 
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Guardian“Wilfully abrasive...” A+E churns with industrial rhythms and krautrock-influenced basslines that throb menacingly beneath stabbing keyboard riffs, splintered guitars and maniacal burps from a battered saxophone...
 
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The Observer“Sophisticated it's not but, by and large, it's thrilling...” Coxon combines the spirit of early Blur with a hint of Joy Division and the pithiness of punk. The guitarist's zest for life evident throughout...
 
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