Sue Denim - And The Unicorn
Perhaps a bold statement, but I can't find much not to love about Sue Denim and the Unicorn. I never particularly expected myself to hold such thoughts either. As part of the minority of Mighty Boosh fans sitting in opposition to electro-duo Robots in Disguise, I had, until now, only really considered Sue Denim a horror-haired propagator of music that was just a little bit annoying (in the Robots in Disguise era this is). And yet now I find myself taken back by the playful purity of debut album And The Unicorn.
Claimed to be stripped back and, as a result, holding less annoyance than Robots in Disguise, And The Unicorn is less singer-songwriter and more nostalgic pop that isn't far from brilliant. Recent single and opening track 'Bicycle' couldn't be more of a perfectly dreamy pop-story. Cheery dream-pop with a non-swear, non-auto tuned sweetness and a simplistic yet unbelievably catchy chorus. And The Unicorn appears to be the best move that Sue Denim could have made. The folky ease of tracks such as 'Hollow' and 'Brewster McCloud' charm with their innocently lyricised storyline. If there is one criticism, it's my own inability to ignore thoughts of the reactions of Denim's fellows to lines like "introducing Brewster McCloud's amazing, sexy flying machine." It's like a quote from a drunken night out, which is swiftly followed by friends patronisingly bossing her around, "come on now Sue, get off the table and stop embarrassing yourself… or at least I imagine.
I personally thought I was far too serious and mature to ever ever be won over by a song written about a Unicorn, especially one named after a superhero so shameful that it couldn't be mentioned in the 2012 Batman vs Spiderman superhero super-off… 'Superunicorn'. I know what you're thinking, I thought it too "oh Sue you were doing so well at not being all Robots in Disguise" [adjective meaning slightly irritating], but credit for actually making an album thematic. It may be the most ridiculously titled song of the moment, but it's not to say its bad, at all. Nothing is with this album. Not the most of mature of albums, but full of cheery listening.