heard on the wire

Is that pretty lame?

There are two sides to every story. Take, for instance, the contrasting fortunes of Matthew Healy and Greta Klein.

Healy, for those lucky enough to have thus far avoided him, is the lead singer of The 1975, a band so bad that they managed to make Chris Martin’s rendition of a George Michael song only the second worst performance at this year’s Brits awards.

He is also the son of actors Tim Healy and Denise Welch, which only confirms that you should do anything possible to avoid hearing the musical outpourings of the offspring of the rich and/or famous, however mildly so. Indeed, it’s generally advisable to avoid the musical outpourings of the rich and/or famous, full stop, musicians included.

But wait, what about Greta Simone Klein? Klein is the daughter of properly famous, Hollywood famous, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. She’s also the frontispiece of Frankie Cosmos, whose second studio LP made fools of all when it was released in April last year.

Next Thing is a proper pop record, far removed from the slick, anodyne disco of The 1975. More than half the songs come in at less than two minutes; the longest at just over two and a half. Indulgent this is not. And there’s a touch of Belly in there, which is never a bad thing,

Frankie Cosmos // If I Had a Dog

I’ve extolled the virtues of Belly before, but it’s always good to hear this again.

Belly // Gepetto

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