‘Mostly No’ (Fat Cat Records)
Martin Cohen is a hero. Here, with Milk Maid’s second album in twelve months, the Manchester lad should be commended for work rate alone. The size of the forwards step that ‘Mostly No’ represents is knighthood-worthy. But, with all due respect, Her Majesty probably won’t be interested in rainy Manchester long-facedness expertly fused with arsehole slacker aesthetic and the kind of cacophonous guitars usually reserved for men in flared trousers. The self-defining ‘Dopamine’, blissfully blistering ‘Summertime’ and, especially, the acoustic ‘New Plans’ best highlight Cohen’s growth. “Milk Maid are great!” Shout it from a rooftop, maybe Queenie will hear.