Cornershop – Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast

January 01, 1970

(Ample Play)



It’s been seven years since Cornershop’s
last album, and 13 since the group’s classic When I Was Born for the 7th Time set was released. In the interim, the
idea of global-minded, electro-infused indie pop has become far less of a
novelty, so it’s not much of a surprise that Judy Sucks A Lemon for Breakfast finds Cornershop very nearly
abandoning the funky, sitar-tinged grooves of their most well-known work for a
sound that lines up much more neatly with the tropes of classic British rock.


The sitars and dhols that make their way
into tracks like “Soul School” and “Who Fingered Rock ‘n’ Roll” feel much more
like the touristic dabbling of ‘60s acid-pop bands than the sweetly political
cross-cultural pop of a couple of kids from Leicester flexing the muscles of
their Punjabi heritage. The focus here is, instead, on loping and playful pop,
and the full-throated harmonies, wandering bassline, and lazy clarinet parts in
the title track are a much more declarative statement of intent than the
Bollywood references of, say, “Brimful of Asha.”


Although a couple of tracks here find
Cornershop remembering their electronica history (whether the bashed-up groove
of “Chamchu” or the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it funk of “Shut Southall Down”), for
the most part, Judy is about the joys
of jangling open chords and pre-disco dance-rock. “Free Love” is the most
direct homage to Cornershop’s “old” sound, but it’s on the rambling,
R&B-infused jam session of “The Turned On Truth” that the band most
effectively taps into their past, slipping the melody of “6 a.m. Jullander
Shere” into a 16-minute gospel groove.   


“Who Fingered
Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Free Love” JASON FERGUSON



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