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Gomez

LIQUID SKIN

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Having won the Mercury Prize with 1998 debut Bring It On, a year later Gomez stretched out on album two. Ben Ottewell’s gruff vocal continues to rise evocatively from the blues swamp on standout moments such as the tremolo wobble of Bring It On and fluid jam track Blue Moon Rising. But while well-crafted singles Rhythm And Blues Alibi and We Haven’t Turned Around graced the Top 40, over-ambition proved tempting on the self-produced Liquid Skin. Emboldened by the budget to use ‘proper’ recording studios, the instrumental palette expanded, as did the track lengths, the final pairing of California and Devil Will Ride over-extending to 14 minutes. Regardless, in just 18 months Gomez refreshed a wilting post-Britpop indie scene, and Liquid Skin is an absorbing listen that merits a 20th anniversary reissue. Gary Walker

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Issue 29 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Unknown Treasures! This issue's bumper cover story is a definitive list of 150 albums you need to discover. We've recruited 30 of the most well-known, passionate record collectors in the country to bring you their list of the hidden gems missing from your collection. From record shop owners to label bosses, bands and festival organisers, your collection needs their recommendations. Elsewhere, we speak to Ride about the second album of their incredible comeback, This Is Not A Safe Place, find out why Hot Chip's A Bath Full Of Ecstasy is already one of the most positive records of 2019 and meet a true modern folk hero, Jake Xerxes Fussell. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we speak to some of the key figures behind Prince's new Originals collection, salute a pair of female punk pioneers, celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Order's Technique and tell the story of Fierce Panda, the indie label that discovered Coldplay. With the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand, Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.

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