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Albums Of The Week: Du Blonde | Homecoming

The U.K. garage-rock queen goes all-out on this joyously manic, star-studded effort.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Du Blonde is back with new album Homecoming and with it, her own record label, clothing brand and all-round art house Daemon T.V. Written, recorded and produced by Du Blonde (aka Beth Jeans Houghton), Homecoming is a refreshing taste of pop-grunge finery, featuring guests including Shirley Manson, Ezra Furman, Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis), The Farting Suffragettes and members of Girl Ray and Tunng, among others.

The garage rock, grunge and metal guitar licks that have come to define Du Blonde are still there in spades, but as a whole the direction of the album is pop through and through. Houghton’s freak flag is still flying high however, a fact that’s no more apparent than on Smoking Me Out, a bizarre mashup of ’80s shock rock, metal and ’60s pop group harmonies. This defiant and energetic attitude can be heard throughout Homecoming, whether writing about her medication, her queerness on I Can’t Help You There, to the joyous and manic explosion of Pull The Plug, Houghton is nothing if not herself, full force and unapologetic in her approach to writing, playing and recording her music.”