Reverend & The Makers - The Death Of A King album review

Exotic, exploratory psych rock, with surprisingly little Jez

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Like a political stopped clock, Jon McClure’s glory day has finally arrived. Back in New Labour’s 2007, outspoken Sheffield politico McClure was wise to keep his opinions in the papers and off his records. In 2017, with a politically engaged youth hoisting socialism up the mast, the time has surely come for The Reverend’s fiery diatribe album Oh Jeremy Corbyn!.

Instead, McClure has followed the amorphous, psychedelic magic of 2015’s Mirrors by upping sticks to Thailand to record another track-merged suite of folk (Juliet Knows), psych blues (Too Tough To Die, Autumn Leaves), retro pop (Auld Reekie Blues, Monkey See, Monkey Do) and ragtime music hall (Carlene, Black Cat). It’s more concerned with the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej than the ascendance of Jezza.

A missed sitter, then, but another intriguing pop record – McClure dabbles in spooky country voodoo on Miss Haversham, Shinto pop on Bang Saray and, on Boomerang, even something you could only feasibly call jungle jazz.

Mark Beaumont is a music journalist with almost three decades' experience writing for publications including Classic Rock, NME, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times, Uncut and Melody Maker. He has written major biographies on Muse, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Bon Iver and his debut novel [6666666666] is available on Kindle (opens in new tab).