Less experimental electronica, more skewed blues, this is David Lynch’s second solo album and already he’s displaying maturity.
More tightly structured and confident than 2011’s ‘Crazy Clown Time’ (Clash review) in terms of narrative, there’s further clarity in the unmistakable voice, which though heavily filtered feels much closer to his own.
A cover of Bob Dylan’s 'The Ballad Of Hollis Brown' fits easily, closer in spirit to the Nina Simone version.
The influence of friend and collaborator Angelo Badalamenti subtly stalks the songs like a spectre, and Lykke Li sounds undeniably Julee Cruise-like on the retro-infused ‘I’m Waiting Here’. Yet ‘The Big Dream’ still feels fresh and contemporary.
Words: Anna Wilson
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