Album review: Neon Neon, Praxis Makes Perfect (Lex)


This second collaboration between Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip is, like the John DeLorean-themed Stainless Style, another biographical concept album, this one based on events in the life of left-wing Italian Giangiacomo Feltrinelli who published The Leopard and Doctor Zhivago.

Sadly, the decision to tell Feltrinelli's story in the same period technopop music as Stainless Style sabotages its impact: the analogue synth lines are sleek,but I can't help thinking that the almost quintessential “guilty pleasures” Seventies pop-luxe sound surely fails to reflect the varied topography of this life.

Download: The Jaguar; Dr. Zhivago; The Leopard