Half Notes: Pugwash – Eleven Modern Antiquities (2008)

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by Tom Johnson

Leaving aside the goofy name, Pugwash was that weird bastard child we music writers like to talk about — you know, the “this meets that”: They sounded like latter day XTC meets Jellyfish. In one album, in addition to Pugwash’s own Thomas Walsh, we find friends from the sadly now defunct XTC, Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory, plus ex-Jellyfish Jason Falkner, and even Michael Penn, all in various supporting roles. If you know the names, you can imagine the sound — and it was lovely. One of the finest pop-rock albums of 2008.

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