Album: The Irrepressibles, Nude (Of Naked Design)

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The Independent Culture

The second studio album from art-pop collective The Irrepressibles, led by the Ferry/Mael/Mackenzie-voiced Jamie McDermott, is an act of bravery in a cowardly world.

On its poised and elegant title track, and on finale "Two Men in Love", McDermott heralds homosexual love as a heroic, romantic, redemptive force. In between lies some of his band's finest work. The title is deceptive: emotionally bare it may often be, but Nude is swaddled in the most beautiful musical finery.