New Release (Vagrant)
This is exactly the album you’d expect from the electronica-inclined son of a Beatle, and that’s a good thing. No clone of his dad (though the vocal resemblance can get striking), Dhani Harrison knows his modern pop, especially his Radiohead. The keyboard/drum textures and stabs of distorted guitar are straight out of Kid A, but where Radiohead used those sounds to chilling effect, Dhani’s sonic world is warm and inviting — appropriate for a concept album about seizing the day and not stressing over what you’ve missed. His melodic gifts come through even on “The Wait Around,” which puts a catchy chorus between RZA’s raps; and when he gets full-on Beatlesque on “Make It Home,” the results are gorgeous. He’s also inherited George’s wry sense of humor: Aside from being a suitably soaring finale, “The Number” marks the best — and probably only — use of the phrase “screw the pooch” in a pop lyric.
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