Jollification continues the Lightning Seeds' tradition of classic pop confections - light and open, shining with Sixties-style hooks, but tinged with more ambiguous feelings. 'When my things work it seems to be that conjunction of the melancholy lyric and the uplifting tune,' he said when I interrupted rehearsals at his studio in Liverpool. 'Sometimes one person can think one of my songs is very happy, and someone else can think it's really sad.' His music seems to be infused with a longing, a wistfulness and romanticism. 'I wouldn't say I'm an overly romantic person. There's a lot of cynicism in the things I write. But I am nostalgic. I hate the idea of anything being lost forever - from animals to art forms. I hate the idea of them not being around.'
Broudie has renewed his partnership with Terry Hall, on the single, 'Lucky You', and he collaborates with Alison Moyet on the delightful glimpse of sweet suburbia, 'My Best Day', so Sixties it hurts. For me, all the best pop music comes in a direct line from the Sixties. If you feel the same, you'll adore the Lightning Seeds.
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