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.


Words by John Freeman

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