Custard – Come Back, All Is Forgiven
They said it would never happen, but 16 years since their supposed final album Loverama, Custard return with an album full of new music. Surprising as it seems, it kinda feels like they never left.
Come Back, All Is Forgiven is a remarkably solid release. There's nothing as immediately catchy as 'Girls Like That (Don't Go for Guys like Us)', 'Apartment' or 'Anatomically Correct', but as far as their album output goes, it's as consistent, if not more so, as they were in their prime.
Both David McCormack and Glenn Thompson have the same wry and relatable way with words as always. References to Toowoomba, Spring Hill and Queensland University will keep those in their home state happy. On the pop culture side of things, nods to Ricki Lee and Danny Bonaduce are as inexplicable as the nod Julio Iglesias was in 1998.
While the thought of Custard being mature is enough to make any fan shudder, there is less insistence on wacky sonic detours and wild experimentation than on past Custard records.
Sure, there's the pop-punk blast of 'If You Would Like To', which is like a refreshed 'Caboolture Speed Lab' and 'Contemporary Art' sounds kinda like a really catchy Lou Reed pisstake.
But, to put it in familiar terms, the Custard of 2015 are far more aligned with 'The New Matthew' than 'Ringo (I Feel Like)'.
First single 'We Are The Parents (Our Parents Warned Us About)' suggested that might be the case early on, and tracks like 'Orchards In Water' and 'Factual' are further proof.
It might seem trite to compare the new material of a band to their past output, but Custard were a band that meant so much that it's a relief to know that their first album in 16 years can slot into their wider catalogue and not feel weird. No Custard fan ought to be disappointed by the band's comeback album. We'll always be a little sore that they left us for so long, but, now they're back and all is forgiven.