Review: The Last Shadow Puppets – The Dream Synopsis EP
2016’s supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets had an odd return to the limelight, kicking off with THAT interview – sparking a great deal of confusion over Turner and Kane’s motivations behind the album. The arrogant title Everything You’ve Come To Expect did little to help, but stand out track ‘The Dream Synopsis’ seemed to openly acknowledge the contradictions of self-expression with a maturity that many will say saved the LP from widespread rejection. After a summer of heavy touring, this follow up EP does well to present the band for what they are on surface value, a great live act, and true lovers of the songwriting form.
This array of well chosen covers and reimagined live versions of ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’, were recorded live, one day in New York. A wise omission of the un-coverable Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ – which they played for much of the tour, including Glastonbury – cleverly justifies a version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, saving the EP from coming across as a self-indulgent eulogy. However, people may still cringe at Kane’s delivery on The Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’, and his unbearably pompous, ‘How was that Yoko?’ at the end of the opening track, which comes across as a desperate desire to be seen as a direct reincarnation of the late Beatle, rather than an homage. Still, this EP brims with quality, and EP closer ‘…Synopsis’ comes repackaged with a tactfulness that will serve the band well come LP number three.
- Les Cactus – original by Jacques Dutronc
- Totally Wired – original by The Fall
- This Is Your Life – original by Glaxo Babies
- Is This What You Wanted – original by Leonard Cohen
- The Dream Synopsis from album