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The Night Chancers

Baxter Dury

The Night Chancers

Sixth album of electro-tinged pop from the son of Ian Dury co-produced by Craig Silvey

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Heavenly Recordings
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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Dury seems to have found a tone and groove that he's both relishing and flourishing in. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Night Chancers is Dury’s most accomplished work, its self awareness and innate understanding of genre and language shows the songwriter to be in the prime of his creativity
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  3. 9.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    A dirty charmer of an album
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Of course this is a great record. Of course this is essential listening. At this point in his career he’s still getting better, and that’s a scary proposition
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  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Ladies and gentlemen, these are The Night Chancers. Be sure to enjoy!
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Shunning big hooks and choruses, the indie raconteur turns his hand to immaculate character studies of life’s losers
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    It seems safe to say that records as good as this prove that Baxter has arrived with a voice and sound of his own
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    With a voice that embodies moderately priced red wine and late, late nights, Dury is one of the most distinctive figures in contemporary British oddball-pop
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    Take ‘The Night Chancers’ as a warning, more than an invite
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  10. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Dury is a bit of a wordsmith, but in a way that doesn’t alienate anyone. It’s matter-of-fact, anti-intellectual even. Above anything else, Dury shows us that a little bit of melody and a lot of honesty can go a long way
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Dury creates grotesques from opposite ends of the social spectrum with an enviable economy of words
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  12. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    There’s a lot to unravel in an album that’s only 31 minutes long but, crucially, you’ll want to return to try to figure it all out
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  13. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Alongside its pleasing soundtrack of French pop, electronica and disco, Baxter Dury has settled on a unique formula that works
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  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Baxter Dury blossomed on 2017's Prince Of Tears. This sixth solo outing explores further that album's blend of mechanical funk and luxuriant orchestration of female-sung choruses and character monologues. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Q

    Six albums in, Baxter Dury has realised a sound and lyrical approach that is unmistakably his alone. Print edition only

  16. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    Soaked in synth strings and catchy keyboard hooks, with funky bass lines, choppy or picked guitars and electronica fillers, over which Baxter, with the help of vocalist Madelaine Hart, tells his tales
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  17. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Even with each powerful stride forwards in his career, it never seems Baxter will quite escape the shadowing of his late father, Ian. Yet, perhaps it is this paternal context, this very partial eclipsing that leaves Baxter’s work with a great style of its own
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