‘Ways To Forget’ (Moshi Moshi/Island)
Clearly, Guy Connelly has a flair for marrying opposing textures. At his live shows, he’ll wrap fragile harmonies in an eccentric burst of bleeps and grumbles, composing it with the elegance of theatre. On ‘Ways To Forget’, however, the eclectic glam-pop has been bottled up, losing its fizz and falling fl at. Songs which should be evocative and hairs-on-your-neck tingly (opener ‘Once And For All’, ‘Belongings’) feel far more sombre. ‘A Piece Of String’ and new single ‘Man Made’ are still quivering with an over-active pulse however, but the album captures little of the Opera’s live spirit.