Pop: This Week's Album Releases

LAZYCAME Finbegin Hot Tam
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The Independent Culture
AS HALF of The Jesus & Mary Chain, William Reid was an early recipient of Alan McGhee's support, and has sustained his prickly approach to the world. This, the first of many projects, was intended to appear in a pornographic sleeve, though the contents are offensive enough in their own right.

"God" and "400 Mile Town" are Reid's idea of sadcore - desultory strummings accompanied by slurred, stumbling vocals, while "Rokit" offers a combination of dentist's drill and road drill.

Better by far are the wistful piano instrumental "Blue June" and the understated "Complicated", with its gentle guitar fills and air of opiated naivete.