The Psychedelic Furs' Made Of Rain: warm, melancholy, and blessed with great songs

Return of 80s big hitters Psychedelic Furs well worth the decades wait on eighth album Made Of Rain

The Psychedelic Furs - Made Of Rain
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It’s been 29 years since the last Psychedelic Furs album. That will come as a shock to most of their fans, who were probably 29 themselves when they last bought a Furs album. 

In that time, Blur, Blair and Brexit have been and gone, and the Psychedelic Furs have become a much-loved transatlantic institution, who’ve re-formed to tour so often that an album became an inevitability, like a teenage pregnancy. 

Previous re-ups and reunions have been of varying musical quality, so it’s a delight to report that Made Of Rain is their best record since the last one you liked. 

With a cohesive, warm and often melancholy rock drive, the album is blessed with great songs like opener The Boy Who Invented Rock & Roll and the gorgeous, Blackstarred Bowie of This’ll Never Be Like Love, as well as some of Richard Butler’s best lyrics, a personal favourite being ‘A wife that hates me, so does her boyfriend’ from the wry lifewreck of Wrong Train

This is a fine album by a band staring down the declining years of life and kicking them in the nuts when no one’s looking.

David Quantick is an English novelist, comedy writer and critic, who has worked as a journalist and screenwriter. A former staff writer for the music magazine NME, his writing credits have included On the HourBlue JamTV Burp and Veep; for the latter of these he won an Emmy in 2015.