Philip Selway – Familial

January 01, 1970

(Nonesuch)

 

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Having spent the last 20 years playing drums in Radiohead, you’d
think the solo debut of Philip Selway would be a Squarepushing orgy of rhythm
that would make The Eraser sound like
Coldplay. But in a surprising twist, Familial is a largely acoustic collection of tender, fragile pop songs written by Selway
in the wake of his mum’s passing. These ten tracks find the drummer-with spare
accompaniment from friends Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone of Wilco, former Soul
Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg and Lisa Germano-possessing a fine singing
voice as delicate as Ron Sexsmith’s, exemplified on such gorgeous ballads as “A
Simple Life” and “Falling.”

 

However, save for a few mild digital flourishes on a handful
of tunes, fans of Radiohead might be disappointed by the coffeehouse nature of Familial, not unlike the way longtime Genesis
fans balked at the R&B stylings flexed by drummer Phil Collins on Face Value. Let’s just hope Mr. Selway’s
next solo venture isn’t the 21st century equivalent to Dance into the Light.

 

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