Album: Pajama Club, Pajama Club (Lester/EMI)
Friday 16 September 2011
So this is what mum and dad get up to in the garage when the kids have flown the nest.
Pajama Club is effectively Neil Finn in Jack White mode, taking the drum seat in a goth-pop combo co-fronted by his missus, Sharon, whose bass anchors the grooves behind Sean Donnelly's keyboard parts. Opener "Tell Me What You Want" typifies the trio's garage-rock style, with Sharon oozing sultry Alison Lockhart-style come-on vocals over Donnelly's throbbing synth line; The Kills comparison extends further in the itchy, shuffling "Can't Put It Down Until It Ends", with Johnny Marr adding guitar to the juddering organ while the Finns swap lines. But despite the propulsive energy sustained throughout, some tracks lack focus: "From a Friend to a Friend" struggles to punch its weight. But it's a pleasant enough diversion
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