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'The Fairer Sex EP'   

-  Label: 'Shadrack & Duxbury'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '17th February 2017'

Our Rating:
Quirky Salford-based outsider artist Alan Wilkes presents four new tunes that would go down like a lead balloon at a lad's club.

Macho guys may well scoff but reconstructed males will find much to identify with as Mr Wilkes explores the perils and guilty pleasures of voyeurism and fetishism.

Much in the manner of Jarvis Cocker, the saucy songs tell you more about masculine insecurities than the fairer sex. Trial By Lingerie, for instance, is "a light-hearted look at male humiliation in an Marks & Spencer's lingerie department". This is not hardcore.

Thoughts of sugar and spice and all things nice turn into dreams of a transgender life in I Came Back As A Girl. Meanwhile in House Of Girls there are mirrors on the wall and condoms on the shelf in rooms where the promised moments of bliss occur in a suburban setting.

The other tune , No Reply, is a touching rainy day piano ballad about a lost love to prove that when operating in the guise of Vinny Peculiar, Alan Wilkes has more than just a one track mind.   

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  author: Martin Raybould

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