John Cooper Clarke

Snap, Crackle & Bop

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On the one hand, this album demonstrates business as usual with latter-day beat poet John Cooper-Clarke; on the other, it is ripe with unease in terms of Cooper-Clarke's direction, thanks to a more than casual nod to the obligations of a musical approach -- Cooper-Clarke comes perilously close to singing in some spots, and dangerously close to copping a rap approach in others, while the Invisible Girls' backing keeps falling into a low-budget pop trap. Cooper-Clarke's poems remain quirky, and sometimes have his old cynical bite ("Beasley Street" sees him pouring words out against a gradually more urgent backing), but there are far too many times on this set when he seems at a loss as to where he's going. Still, he remains unique.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
3 4:35 Spotify
4 3:38 Spotify
5 6:56 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:35 Spotify
7 4:18 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:48 Spotify
9 4:31 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:53 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:28 SpotifyAmazon
12 1:01 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
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