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Pop Voodoo

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Pop Voodoo

Third album from the Manchester alternative dance band led by Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder produced by ex-Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover (Youth)

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    The result is a return to the giddy highs of their heyday. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's just about perfect. Print edition only

  3. 7.0 |   music OMH

    An enjoyable trip of danceable funk
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  4. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    They're straight, they're stupid, and they're back
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  5. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's nothing more than a couple of old friends sitting around and cracking jokes to each other. If you happen to share their sensibility, it's a fun way to spend 50 minutes.
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  6. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Throughout, Ryder’s ever present lyrical wit is as sharp as it has ever been, but alas ultimately this album never matches his creative heights
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  7. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    When all is said and done, the voodoo here is negligible - but nostaglia carries these pop songs through, for the most part
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  8. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It’s not a bad album, but you still get the feeling that, as Ryder notes elsewhere, “someone who looks like me is living in my skin”
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  9. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Sean Ryder is some way off the height of his powers but remains entertaining
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  10. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Laidback, sunny and funky tunes marinated in a fug of weed smoke are the order of the day
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  11. 5.0 |   Crack

    Throughout Pop Voodoo, Shaun Ryder’s lyrics often descend into absurdist territory, and the album is simply lacking in bangers to back up the banter.
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  12. 4.0 |   The FT

    The artist’s verses were once a kind of bizarre street poetry but here they grow increasingly lacklustre
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  13. 4.0 |   Uncut

    It's slim pickings from men a long way past their prime. Print edition only

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