Jamie Lenman - Muscle Memory review

Ex-Reuban rocker's diverse debut

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Since alt-rock heroes Reuben split in 2008, guitar-toting frontman Jamie Lenman has been somewhat quiet on the musical front, but his debut solo release heralds a return that’s cacophonous and sedate in equal measure.

To call Muscle Memory diverse is an understatement: the opening half is all skull-crushing riffs and post- hardcore fury, while the second is composed of ukulele ballads and big-band numbers. It sounds like an incongruous endeavour, but tying it all together is Lenman’s superb sense of riffery and chord progression, which makes both sides equally essential.

stars : 4