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David Woodcock — Normal Life
(Blow-Up BU 121, 2019, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-03-23

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Brit singer songwriter David Woodcock’s second album, Normal Life, was recorded over a two year period of various recording sessions. The resulting thirteen songs are quite a mixture of styles. The title track and album closer “Old Town” are nostalgic cabaret tunes evoking Edith Piaf or Jeanne Moreau. ”Fixtures and Fittings” and “Broken” are agressive Stiff Records post punk pop songs. “My Escapism” is a moody ballad. “Little Hope” is a raucous happy pop song recalling the Beatles and “Don’t Hold My Hand” is the opposite of the Beatles, more like Anthony Moore’s Flying Doesn’t Help. Then there are the pop songs “Lover and a Friend,” “No Need for Violence,” “If You Ever Get Out of Your Bedroom,” and “Broken.” There is also “Someone Else’s Problem” with its Bruce Springsteen vibe, the gothic western “Broken,” the busker singalong “Sad,” and the album highlight “Peep Show” with its twisted lyrics and moody vibe. Normal LIfe is quite an engaging album. Well worth investigating for fans of off-beat pop psych music.

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