In The Post #2: Marmaduke Duke

By on Tuesday, 28th April 2009 at 12:00 pm

Taking a hint from the rather brilliant Popjustice‘s Twitter page, we’re starting another quick and easy to write “Daily feature” – In the Post. Basically, one item that’s been in our post recently, most days at midday. It might be amazing, it might be rubbish, either way we’ll give it our 2 minute judgement. Like this feature? Hate it? Leave us a comment below.

Marmaduke Duke Duke Pandemonium coverThe first Marmaduke Duke album I wasn’t too keen on – having loved current single “Rubber Lover” on the radio, I checked out their debut album, The Magnificent Duke. I personally wasn’t a huge fan, so checking out the forthcoming Duke Pandemonium, I was unsure whether we’d click.

Click? No, sadly we didn’t. We fell in, what will hopefully be, a long and loving relationship. Possibly one of the greatest pop albums of the year, it is a work of genius from Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and JP Reid of Sucioperro. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and the album is all the better for it. Describing the album as “Superfunky, supertight, superunique” in their interview with Thom in February, we thought they had to be talking hot air. No, they really weren’t. We love it, though it won’t be to everyone’s tastes.

Personally, I love the trio of “Erotic Robotic” / “Je Suis Un Funky Homme” / “Rubber Lover” towards the end of the collection. Hilarious, funky and strong pop tunes they just beg to be danced to when very very drunk. From the opening “Heartburn” (“you say it’s heartburn / I say it’s catching”), it’s got pop hooks galore and is memorable to the very end, with the amazing “Skin the Mofo” closing, complete with Caribbean steel drums – Scottish hairy rockers have gone all calypso for one track. Amazing.

(As a side note: I may have gone a bit overboard on positives here. I simply adore this album from when it dropped in my post box a few weeks ago. You may not agree, but I love it).

Duke Pandemonium is released on 11th May.

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