Muscular, grown-up pop
Euguene McGuinness - The Invitation To The voyage

From its very first note, this second solo album from the London-based singer-songwriter is a jolt of muscular, grown-up pop. Opener ‘Harlequinade’ contains a stomping chorus and a cocksure strut. ‘The Invitation...’ encompasses a very British sensibility and is a collection of songs set in the moment as McGuinness beautifully documents the tensions within modern city-dwelling, whether it be via hedonistic nights out (‘Shotgun’), alcohol-fuelled friendships (‘Joshua’) or snatched moments of happiness (as on the standout electro-soul of ‘Sugarplum’). If the album runs out of steam before the angular closer ‘Japanese Cars’, McGuinness’ lyrical honesty and bold musicality bear the mark of his burgeoning genius.

7/10

Words by John Freeman
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