Shirley Lee - The Smack Of Pavement In Your Face

Of the Badly Drawn Boy ilk, but less wet than the tea-cosy wearing guitarist.

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Released 27 Jan 2009 | | By Mark Williams | Rating: 2-5
Shirley Lee - The Smack Of Pavement In Your Face

Shirley Lee of low-key indie band Spearmint is trying his hand at the solo stuff and 'The Smack Of Pavement In Your Face' is a single from his eponymous album.

It's essentially a country-style love song on the way a girl makes him feel since he's met her, so it must be the good kind of pavement smack in the face, and not the painful and bloody mishap the name initially suggests. Of the Badly Drawn Boy ilk, but less wet than the tea-cosy wearing guitarist, with a rockier electric guitar backbone giving it some extra substance.

However, on the whole the song is not terribly memorable, which is kind of a pre-requisite for a single. It ambles along nicely, and does build towards a catchy chorus but doesn't ever grab you by the ears and refuse to let go. Not so much a smack of pavement in your face as it is a light caress.