Boomkat Product Review:
Having grown accustomed to the endless procession of reissues, remastering and reduxes that are the lifeblood of modern record companies, it came as some surprise to discover that 'White Bread Black Beer' from the erstwhile Scritti Politti wasn't some scratchy 'lost' studio recording, but a full-fat new LP. Their first new material in seven years ('Anomie & Bonhomie'), 'White Bread Black Beer' sees the 1980's hit-machine returning to their poptastic roots - with Green Gartside eschewing the easy root of resurrecting the glass-scratched post-punk that has fallen back into fashion in favour of a lustrously produced selection of all-out crowd pleasers. Whilst this doesn't tell the entire story (Gartside pulls chunks from the spiky side of his past oeuvre throughout...), 'White Bread Black Beer' is nonetheless saturated in unfettered pop acumen - a fact that the brusque swearing of 'Cooking' can't even sink. Gliding along with a level of polished ease that belies some intricate melodies and complex song structures, the likes of 'Dr. Abernathy' and 'Snow In Sun' are slivers of unfettered pop nourishment that sound how you imagine the synth-fed Eighties do when heard through rose-tinted earphones. Unexpectedly fabulous.