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Album Review

As the work of two longtime Manchester musicians, it's no surprise Parlour Flames' eponymous 2013 album is steeped in northern lore, both lyrical and musical. Vinny Peculiar — who has run with Luke Haines, the Smiths' rhythm section, and Bill Drummond in the past — is responsible for the latter, while early Oasis rhythm guitarist Bonehead is responsible for the former, and the pairing is a little curious. Bonehead has wide but catholic tastes, loving the orchestration of Bacharach about as much as he loves thick cascades of guitar, which is an appealing enough backdrop for Peculiar's sung-spoken poetry, but the two approaches don't necessarily seem to mesh. Instead, they seem to occupy common ground, appreciative of what the other is doing but never fully engaging with each other's approach. Consequently, Parlour Flames feels curiously stitched together, the work of a mutual admiration society where neither party quite feels at ease to suggest a direction for their partner.

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This is quality.

Good to have bonehead back

Great album full of witty lyrics and toe tapping tunes welcome back bonehead.


No surprise to me how good this is. Quality in abundance on here....Go and see them while you have the chance.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

A collaboration between guitarist Paul Arthurs -- best known as Bonehead, the second guitarist in Oasis during the group's '90s heyday -- and songer/writer Alan Wilkes (who performs under the stage name Vinny Peculiar and has previously worked with such iconoclasts as Bill Drummond and Luke Haines), Parlour Flames is a Manchester-based duo that explores the heady territory between traditional guitar rock and wordy, literate pop. Arthurs and Wilkes joined forces in 2012 -- the former handling the...
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