Martin Gordon / Radiant Future RFVP009CD
So, it’s about that time again. As the world descends into fundamentalist chaos, feudal barbarism and futile reality-TV shows, here comes Martin Gordon with a new album. Perhaps timing was never his strong point. But on the other hand, perhaps it was.
This Nobel Prize-winning former stand-in for Charles Atlas and personal friend of James Bond once again lays it fearlessly on the line. He wrestles with la condition humaine in his accustomed manner, but will never really come to terms with it. His existential angst, for I believe we can justifiably use the term, is merely disguised as joi de vivre.
It’s clear from the cover, on which the Lobster of the title bravely struggles with the weight of the imploding and exploding world in the manner of the ancient mythological Greek lobster whose name currently escapes me, that this is no trite grappling with pop-cultural mores in the time-honoured manner of r’n’b divas and boy bands. This, frankly, is one Lobster that would rather chew its legs off than line-dance. It has, in a very real but figurative, manner, come to redeem the world from its sins; it is the Lobster of God risen from the deep to absolve the non-crustacean of their earthly burden. It’s five minutes to midnight, says the Lobster, and you’d better listen up! Else you’ll turn into a pumpkin, innit. And explode. And that would be rather messy. So listen up! Oh, I said that already.