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Alternative & Indie - Released June 7, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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After years spent in the wilderness of addiction and recovery, Peter Perrett made a stunning comeback with 2017's How the West Was Won. The former Only One returned with a set of songs that re-established him as one of the great punk romantics, possessed of a timeless voice and a gimlet eye for a hooky melody. He was backed by a band made up of his two sons, and they backed Perrett with a perfect mix of grit and grace. The same crew reunited for 2019's Humanworld, and they've managed to make another great record. A little rougher around the edges, with spikier guitars and more energy, there are more up-tempo songs this time around and a little bit of bitter politics added to the lyrics. It's a bracing album with a sound and feel that will be very familiar to fans of the Only Ones, and more importantly, it shows no drop-off in quality from How the West Was Won. Turns out Perrett didn't just have one last shot left, he is back for real and it shows. Songs like "I Want Your Dreams" and "Believe in Nothing" have the lost romantic feel of vintage Only Ones, the rollicking "Love Comes on Silent Feet" is a brilliant slice of guitar rock, "48 Crash" and "War Plan Red" have the raw energy of vintage punk plus the perspective of experience, and the many ballads (like "Love's Inferno" and "Heavenly Day") have a sweetness at their core that's surprising for someone who's led a life as complicated as Perrett's. The band once again provides sublime backing: the guitars kick up dust when they need to, the keyboards and occasional viola give the songs a widescreen feel, and the rhythm section is tight and powerful. The songs, words, and Perrett's inimitable vocals combine with the music to create something special again. There's not a moment on Humanworld that feels forced or phony, and Perrett sounds fully in command of everything. Both this record and How the West Was Won would have been notable just because Perrett was still alive and making music again; the high level of the music he's actually making means that they are both vital transmissions from one of the great lost talents of the punk era. ~ Tim Sendra
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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The tale of Peter Perrett seemed destined for tragedy. After the glory of the Only Ones, the singer descended into a years-long battle with drug addiction that saw him surfacing for air regularly -- even releasing a very good album with his band the One in 2005 -- but then going back under, leaving fans to assume that they next time they heard his name, it would be in an obit. Luckily for all involved, Perrett cleaned up in the mid-2010s and got it together enough to record and release his first solo album. Working with his sons (guitarist Jamie and bassist Peter, Jr.) and producer Chris Kimsey, he's made an album that's not only a welcome return from a prodigal son, but also one that compares very favorably with those made during his time with the Only Ones. How the West Was Won is a witty, gutsy album built out of classic guitar rock bones and shot through with Perrett's hard-won wisdom and his offhanded, almost blasé, vocals, which sound almost exactly as they did in 1976, which is something of an achievement considering his hard living over the years. He snake-charms his way through melodies, tossing off casual asides and wringing emotion out of a simple twist of phrase or chilling reminiscence. The songs that hit hardest tell of years lost to drugs and the enduring love he feels for his wife of many years, Zena, who stuck by him through thin and thinner. His sons stuck by him, too, and Jamie proves to be the album's backbone as his guitar twangs, slashes, and burns through solos and riffs, providing all sorts of support for his old man. There are moments where it's easy to forgot that it's not an Only Ones album spinning, especially when they bust into a thrilling chorus like on "An Epic Story," lock into a low-key swagger ("Man of Extremes"), or melt hearts with mascara-dripping ballads ("C Voyeurger"). It's a thrilling match of classic punk ballad style, brilliant singing, and evocative songwriting that proves Perrett is really back this time, fully invested and in total charge of his life and music for the first time in years. How the West Was Won is not only a great album, it's also the inspiring, and inspired, story of how Perrett won his own life back. ~ Tim Sendra
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 21, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 16, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 12, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 23, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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