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Album Reviews With Ian Sinclair 12 Astronauts by Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman
12 Astronauts
(Wiaiwya)

BRITISH singer-songwriter Darren Hayman’s 18th studio album is released on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings. 12 men have walked on the moon and the ex-Hefner frontman has written a song for each of them, from Neil Armstrong to Gene Cernan.

Always good on the minutiae of life, Hayman writes about Buzz Aldrin’s marital problems —“Joan I’m sorry, I had a woman on the side/Oh, I cheated and I lied”) — and David Scott missing his Awol bodyguard.

Like his many previous concept albums concerning, among other topics, the Essex witch trials, lidos, Thankful Villages and William Morris, it’s certainly a neat, clearly well researched set.

However, the songs themselves are often so-so, with little of Hayman’s endearing musical personality coming through.

Another curio from an artist very much marching to the beat of his idiosyncratic drum.

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