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ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
Ingeniously packaged, King Tuff's self-titled follow-up to debut Was Dead is released with a postcard representing each track.
It seems in this case you can judge a book by its cover and the music comes up trumps too.
Mixing carefree beats in a garage rock revival style with feel-good lyrics, King Tuff and the band don't take themselves too seriously, but they certainly have a knack for decent tunes that seems to come effortlessly.
Tracks like Keep On Movin', Alone & Stoned, Stupid Superstar and Swamp Of Love aren't groundbreaking but they'll make you smile.
There's also a quality - no doubt down to producer Bobby Harlow - that ensures the band has a distinctive sound.
Unusual World is a classic slab of infectious melody well worthy of the Sub Pop label, and there's more where that came from.
It won't be for everyone - what is? - but within their field King Tuff are almost certainly ahead of the game.