David Woodcock’s second album Normal Life released via Blow Up records has been heavily praised across the board for its lovable rouge type ambience, it touches the collar of many a likeable characters who were able to describe the day by day goings on and put them into song such as The Jam, The Kinks and Madness. If you like any or all of the aforementioned you’ll like this.
Starting off with the almost My girl stomp through Normal Life, Woodcock sounding like a mix between Suggs, Damon Albarn and Ray Davies. Fixtures and Fittings dons the hat towards one of Albarns own compositions London Loves with a similar electro back beat. Little Hope brings a summery skip to proceedings with a Beach Boys love and hopes for the future. No Need For Violence has that unforgettable Smith feels that saw The Boy With The Thorn In His Side such a success, with Old Town propping up the rear as the closing track it has an almost last order feel.
There is much to enjoy throughout the record with Woodcocks likeable lyrics plus the productions skills of Keven Feazey, who worked on Woodcocks debut, making this an absolute must for fans of Parklife, Village Green Preservation Society and The Rise & Fall.
Normal Life can be purchased from the Blow Up website