ALBUM REVIEW: Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter

JOANNA GRUESOME ... Peanut Butter (Fortuna Pop)
JOANNA GRUESOME ... Peanut Butter (Fortuna Pop)

THE concept of the ‘long-player’ is open to interpretation, though at 21 minutes, you feel gimmicky-named Cardiff quintet Joanna Gruesome push it to the lower limit with Peanut Butter.

Thankfully, the quintet’s follow-up to their Welsh Music Prize-winning debut packs a lot into that brisk run-time, loading it with songs which bypass build and subtlety and instead cut straight to the hooks.

And that clustered make-up does nothing to harm their potency, with Alanna McArdle’s sugar-sweet voice providing a perfect pop outlet amid the band’s noisy indie-punk bursts.

A brief but bright ray of sunshine, and one which crams in your money’s worth. 7/10. AW