Boomkat Product Review:
This album from Golden Virgins frontman Lucas Renney is a lavish and commanding solo debut, shaping the age-old subject matter of break-ups and general heartbreak into an exceptional collection of songs that never fails to feel sincere and intelligent. Renney is aided by a sympathetically mournful line-up of arrangements and a production job by Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde. The album is bejewelled with string ensembles and pensive fingerpicking, prompting comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen through to Richard Hawley or Tindersticks, but Renney doesn't bask in anyone's shadow during the stunning 'She Gives Me The Chills' or 'Oh My Pretty One'. This songwriter's chief talent resides in his remarkable ability to make honest, romantic sentiments sound fresh and utterly absorbing as if you're hearing this kind of pain expressed for the very first time - all of which comes to stirring conclusion on the spine-tinglingly lovely 'These Same Stars', through which our lovelorn protagonist finds some slender consolation by observing a tenuous harmony between himself and the object of his affections singing: "I tell myself it's never really over/As long as we're both under the same sky/And these same stars shine on you". Highly recommended.