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Album review: Razorlight’s unexpected return

  • Marcel Thee

  /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  03:22 am

Of the many bands that rose out of the early 2000 garage rock revival scene, Britain’s Razorlight seemed one of the least likely to make a comeback. Not that it wasn’t good, but the Johnny Borrell-led group seemed so embedded in that era, everything from the stylish-scruffiness of members’ looks and the crunchy garage rock scream early-mid 2000s. Even Borrell’s tabloid-adored rock ’n roll abrasiveness — the confrontational NME-ready quotes, the dirt-cool snobbery, the drunken high indulgence, the celebrity girlfriend — feels as such. For proof, witness Borrell’s most famous quote: “Dylan’s making chips and I’m drinking champagne.”But here they are. Olympus Sleeping comes 10 years after Slipway Fires, the band’s 2008 album, and it is a pretty fine record. Not great, but better than cynics may allow.This is the first album with the “new” Razorlight. The band a...