ALBUM REVIEW: Scott Lavene - Broke
A lot of the time I receive albums to review that are just so 'samey'.
So I was pleasantly surprised that from the very first listen, I knew this album was going to be different.
It's more like an album of modern poetry, set to distinctive beats that have their roots in indie, punk or folk.
Scott Lavene has been compared to Ian Dury or Lou Reed and his talent for telling a story with a good dash or humour, is in a world of its own.
The first track 'My Stereo' is really a sarcastic look at the craziness of social media, with him telling the listener he doesn't care about 'your politics or your Instagram; all he needs to know is how to turn on his stereo!'
In the track 'Moonbeams' he talks about falling in love over a cup of tea.
"I've got a twisted heart, but also two packets of Custard Creams; and all I need is moonbeams - and you."
Then in 'Broke,' the title track, he sings about having no money with punchy lines and hilarious stories.
There are elements in the style of Mike Skinner and at points, The Divine Comedy.
I couldn't stop laughing out loud to some of the lyrics. Full marks to Lavene.
The album is out on June 7.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall