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Portrait by Duke Special

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Reviewed on 9th September 2006.



By Duke Special

When listening to a mere four tracks becomes less of a pleasant experience and more of a hard slog the obvious conclusion is that this can never be a good thing. So welcome to the latest release from Ireland's Duke Special, today's Beautiful South for indie types.

Let's make this quick...

Title track Portrait has a 50's bar room feel to it, which has its charm, but it never gets off the ground and even after several listens the jolly little melody is forgettable. Third track, a cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Maps, is an interesting choice of song to deconstruct but unfortunately all of the characteristics that made the song good the first time round are absent. Next. Last track Low, recorded live on the same night as the Maps is the best song on the single and is an emotional piano led number. Good voice, but where's the balls? It'll hopefully be sometime before a more inoffensively 'nice' release is unleashed onto the population.



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