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Cupid Is A Drunkard

Philip Jeays

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English singer/songwriter Philip Jeays' second album, Cupid Is a Drunkard, follows painlessly in the footsteps of its predecessor — beginning with an opening number, the semi-autobiographical "Little Philip," that sounds like it wandered into earshot from the darkest corners of a disreputable bohemian jazz club. Which, as the lyric goes on, was obviously the idea. Armed with a dark wit that brings new meaning to words like "wry" and "sardonic," Jeays and his newfound four-piece backing band charge through a dozen songs, including a couple of reprises from his all-solo first set (rearranged for the occasion, of course) and ranging in scope from a condemnation of war to a whimsical ode to a Seeing Eye dog. Other artists have grabbed for Jacques Brel's throne in the past, and a few — Scott Walker, Marc Almond, and the early Momus among them — have come close. Jeays, however, walks boldly up and sits on the thing and, if Cupid Is a Drunkard is anything to go by, he's going to take a lot of shifting.

Biography

Born: 1962 in Taunton, Somerset, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most extraordinary singer/songwriters in recent British memory, Philip Jeays was born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1962, although he did not consider music as a career until the early '80s, when a three-year stay in France introduced him to the work of the late Jacques Brel. Returning to England in 1983, he took his formal music lessons...
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