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Reviewed by Daniel Phillips

Zaine Griff: Mood Swings

Reviewed by Daniel Phillips

Zaine Griff: Mood Swings

Once a member of The Human Instinct, Zaine Griff returns with a diverse collection of songs, perhaps some of his strongest yet. After two decades of musical silence Griff returned with a strong album, ‘The Visitor’, five years ago, and ‘Mood Swings’ marks the latest chapter from this bright, enigmatic light of the British New Wave scene of the late ’70s/early ’80s. This is a unique collection of songs exuding a cinematic, often timeless quality. Thematically and musically it reflects his time in London, and those halcyon days when Griff collaborated with Bowie, Tony Visconti, Hans Zimmer, Gary Numan, The Kinks, Kate Bush and many others. On this new album he is reunited with original drummer Clive Edwards (UFO/John Cale), the two year recording process including studios in Tokyo and Surrey and Wellington. Co-produced by Griff with guitar and production wizard Hugh Nettar, it also features several Japanese musicians including Miori Kuniyoshi on keyboards and bass player Masami Nishhijima. The album opens with some searing guitar from Nettar on powerful and nostalgic palate cleanser Decadence. Throughout, a rich tapestry of musical colours flourish and ebb and flow from the epic and slightly foreboding Empires Falling, the upbeat and catchy dance of Devil In The Flesh, through to closing ballad Make Believe. The anthemic title track impresses, as does standout track No Man On This Earth. The gorgeous harmonies of Tenement Hideaway contrast with its intense, yearning lyrics. Lushly packaged and musically rich with a contemporary feel, but with more than a nod to the past (the album is dedicated to fellow new romantic pioneer, the late Steve Strange), ‘Mood Swings’ promises to thoroughly reward those familiar with Griff’s prior work, and will also hold appeal to newcomers.