Review: Renny Wilson – Sugarglider
Published on February 12th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
First off, how in the name of all that constitutes buggery did Pitchfork manage to find so much to say about this one? We can only assume either verbal diarrhea on the author’s part or a minimum word count directive on the site’s part, because there really isn’t all that much we can tell you about Sugarglider by Renny Wilson other than that it is a mildly diverting set of ’80s homages with a colouful mix yet pretty much nothing in the way of melodic progression…
…that is until you get to “Bound to Lose”, six tracks in: this one starts dealing in unexpected, faintly Beach Boys-y chord changes and the interest levels rise accordingly, while “Nobody” boasts a lovely, breezy kind of soul-funk/funk-soul swagger that makes it, hey, a pretty darn good track.
“Lady Pain” also explores a bit, to its benefit, but remains anchored in the straightforwardness that holds this album back. It may at times seem as faceless as its artwork but there’s something lurking within – let’s just have more gloopy synths and less syrupy saxophone next time, please.
Rocksucker says: Two and a Half Quails out of Five!
Sugarglider is out now on Mint. For more information, please visit rennywilson.com