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Green Gartside, who is Scritti Politti, is a musical/personal enigma. Just as musicians emphasize that it’s the notes you don’t play that matter as much as the ones you do, for Gartside much of his mystique is built on the years he doesn’t make music as the ones when he does. He has been appearing and disappearing from public eye for nearly four decades and White Bread Black Beer is his first album in seven years. It was recorded at home by his lonesome, yet while it has elements of quiet desperation with softly murmured minimalist tunes that sound complete in their skeletal arrangements, it isn’t your standard collection of songs from a room. Much of the album rests on Gartside’s healthy relationship with electronics – though he’s abandoned the hip-hop influences of previous exercises. He harmonizes with himself, then sets it up against a futurist synthetic blend of ethereal pulses and accents. At 50, his voice is still pure and childlike, suggesting an adolescent Simon and Garfunkel funneled through Prefab Sprout chasing their earnest dreams through a modernist landscape.  Tunes such as “Throw,” “E Eleventh Nuts” and “Window Wide Open” offer delicate romance best heard in twilight.

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Gimme A Beat!..

I'm a big Scritti fan. The quality of this production is as stellar as always. While I'm glad he dumped the whole hip-hop influx that bogged down the last album...which was still a good album, I found myself yearning for something like "Absolute" or "Woodbeez" or "Hypnotize". I like the beat oriented stuff most. The song writing here is good, but it's bit too mellow overall. Hopefully there will some "version" remixes, which is were Scritti Politti shines brilliantly. Scritti fans know what I I'm all for artistic progression, but I wanted more of what I know Green does well. Gimme a beat!


This is the first album in years that opens itself so much with every listening. There is serious genius weaved into this work. It twists and turns. Beautiful songs are hidden inside larger ones. This album came out of left field for me... Scritti who? I'm pleased I crossed paths with this artist.

Like getting revved up to visit a nursing home

It's a shame to place the Scritti Pollitti name on this one. As a fan, I'm disappointed. The album consists exclusively of material like the boring filler from previous stops but with no redeeming tracks to offset the dull pace. The name should have been "white bread Lack Beer," as it is mainly soft acoustic background music to ease into old age.


Formed: 1978 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Scritti Politti is the primary vehicle for Welsh singer/songwriter Green Gartside. Few figures in pop music can claim Gartside's distinctive credentials: an artist who began in London's subcutaneous underground in the late '70s but ultimately rose to the top of the U.K. pop charts, a serious devotee of linguistic structuralism who can hold his own in a conversation with his friend, arch deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, and a handsome, dreamy-eyed gentleman who has, in the opinion of one critic,...
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