Monday, 7 April 2008



Nigerian-born Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins says:

'It's ok, though the kind of lavish praise heaped on Person Pitch by the indie fraternity baffles me slightly. I mean, Pitchfork naming it album of 2007? If this womby esoterica is supposed to define the epoch then I say we should be a little bit worried. The album doesn't get off to an great start: 'Comfy in Nautica' is just so many arch-Beach Boyisms buried under an Everest of water-logged reverb, and this formula pretty much sticks for the remainder of the record. Things do start to brighten-up after obscurely-titled third track 'Bros', which sees the unremitting drum-patterns finally beginning to click with the strung-out melancholia of Noah Lennox's vocals. Album closer 'Ponytail' benefits from a melodic directness not in evidence elsewhere, but it's difficult to banish the impression finally that this is an egocentric, if artfully-wrought side-project'.

'To be fair, I'm not dismissing it out of hand. Actually, I think it could be a grower as they say'.

Obafemi's name translates literally to 'the king loves me' in his native Yoruba language.


Alex Niven said...

I've just realised that this article might be erroneously interpreted as a bigoted reference to Oba's appearance in a black and white Toon shirt, which would be a travesty, and not at all in-keeping with my intentions. Not that he looks like a panda in the slightest. Oh dear.

Dave said...

I wouldn't worry too much about that. Everyone knows that Obafemi's much older than he lets on, so he's probably just more into the original Beach Boys than the 2007 version :)

FYI, we wrote a post on Bros on our blog today - here it is.