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Album Review

Tagged as the Glimmer Twins of post-punk, former Swell Maps leader Nikki Sudden and the Keith Richards to his Mick Jagger — one Dave Kusworth — delivered this awesome collection of psychedelic gems in 2000 after a long hiatus. Nikki Sudden can still seamlessly fold Bob Dylan, T. Rex, the Rolling Stones, and Big Star into the same tatty overcoat and present them as a respectable entity in Jacobites, albeit with a collection of songs that any of the above-mentioned artists would be envious of. Standout tracks include the lurching boogie of "Over & Over," the gorgeous "When Angels Die," the simply spine-chilling "What Am I Living For?," and "Puppeteer's Son." The album closes with the eloquent "Wasted," which makes this, all in all, one of Nikki Sudden's best-recorded outings in the 12 years between 1988's landmark Fortune of Fame.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Following the breakup of the seminal British post-punk outfit Swell Maps, frontman Nikki Sudden embarked on a solo career, then concurrently formed a new band called the Jacobites. Far more classicist than Swell Maps had been, the Jacobites gave Sudden a chance to exercise his penchant for straightforward, elegantly wasted rock & roll, drawing chiefly from the Stones and the Faces while adding elements of singer/songwriter rock (Neil Young, Bob Dylan) and crunchy British glam (T. Rex, Mott the...
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