Soho Ghetto

Thou or I or Both (independent)

As impressive as the debut EP Humble Beginnings Make for Good Night Life was, Soho Ghetto clearly had more to say. Marc-Antoine Robertson launches this album's opener, "One at a Time," in falsetto back and forth with a choir which leads to throbbing piano as he echoes Cutting Crew in 1985 with "I could die in your arms." Another change incorporates epic drum rolls before returning to the power ballad that anchors it. Daniel Ledwell produces, occasionally to excess. "Rook" is saved by a guitar sneak attack, after four minutes of bleating and studio trickery. Drums and claps propel group vocals and wonky piano on "Man Down," then there's something about kissing nuns and it appears misery has generated good art yet again. "This is My City" may be a begrudging tribute to Halifax. "Bobolink" is a beautiful seven-minute dirge. The lyric sheet may help you interpret Thou or I or Both, or maybe not. The main attraction is the sonic shower.

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