Work Anxiety Syndrome is Jim Pearson’s fourth album, and it finds him in full artistic stride. Here are all the elements that make his music so quirky and wonderful: the openhearted confessional songs of hearth and home, the biting political satire, and the whimsical intermezzi groove romps, with an artistic maturity that shows itself in a profound sense of confidence that this music will be understood and appreciated. And well it should. The album presents a delightful range of styles and themes from the hints of Fela Kuti in the instrumental “We’re Not Coming Back” to the deeply hypnotic social critique “This is How We Have Fun,” to the hauntingly wistful “Too Late to Change Your Mind.” This is utterly charming and captivating music that deepens with every listen. And it is so completely British. Fans of The Beatles, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Nick Drake, and Nick Lowe will find great reward for the ears and heart.
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