'Follow, Unfollow' Album Review - Rhythm & Booze Magazine 

'Oops here's one I should have typed up a good few weeks back, but I do have a good excuse, it's one of those albums you put on and instead of sitting down and typing you're propelled to your feet, grinning like a loon, swaying like a buffoon, The Lucky Face make music that talks directly to your feet, the kind of music that brightens even the dreariest of days (and as I write this its pretty damn dreary outside right now), a varied sound that incorporates everything from pop, rock, ska and even fizzy electronica. I guess I'm trying to say this isn't music to write about, this is music to enjoy.

Follow, Unfollow is the second album from singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tim Mullineaux under the Lucky Face monicker following on from the critically acclaimed eponymous debut album (two tracks even managed to grace indie flick, Sparks And Embers) and once again showcases a myriad of styles and influences from the infectious, bouncy, summer ska of previous single A Fine Line to the brilliant piano pop/rock of The Reason Why, complete with a catchy whistling introduction, Tim's gravel like verses and it's glorious upbeat harmony enriched chorus.

Picking individual highlights on a Lucky Face seems a little redundant to me, as I could happily sit here and describe each and every track, however Give It To Someone is a brilliant, addictive short, sharp (sub two and a half minutes) rootsy take on country folk with twanging guitar, shuffling beats, tinkering piano and wheezy harmonica. Falling Out With Your Friend's Girl is a glorious tongue in cheek indie pop anthem with a big hummable along outro, whilst Feel Like Falling In Love is an upbeat rocker with a nod to the 50's on the irresistible, finger clicking, hand clapping, sing-a-long chorus. If I was writing this tomorrow, I'm sure I'd land up mentioning a completely different selection, which just goes to prove the strength of Follow, Unfollow.

Tim Mullineaux is something of a maverick genius, blessed with the Midas touch, a musician who seems to pluck melodies and lyrical couplets from the ether, effortlessly fusing them together to create instantly memorable pop ditties that the most seasoned of artists would kill to create. Follow, Unfollow is sheer pop perfection and deserves to be heard and worshipped by the masses'.

Rhythm & Booze Rating 10

'The Lucky Face' Album Review - Tasty Fanzine

Tim Mullineaux has done what very few of us ever really achieve. He's formed a band, so far as I can make out almost entirely on his own, and is gleefully indulging his Britpop fantasies with a combination of mockney elan and a certain wry humour. Taken on their own, The Lucky Face's songs are at least quite good, crashing bar chords and sardonic observations given added impetus through Mullineaux's own enthusiasm and his cheerfuly matey persona. He'd make a great postman.

Mullineaux certainly makes a serious bid for art pop notoriety, if not actual immortality with this 12 tracker. It's another grey evening down Tim's street but the guitars are in tune, the words all rhyme and look what the cat's doing ... there just isn't time for boredom when there's the 1990s to relive in their entirety between now and the R4 closedown tune. The Lucky Face are more than just lucky, and at their best, Mullineaux's songs actually reach the giddy heights of Davies and Welleresque wit and assonance. Fab.

'The Lucky Face' Album Review - Whisperin' & Hollerin'

Following the plethora of makeshift offerings and download-only singles that have appeared over the past couple of years along with last year's debut physical release, namely the 'Lounge' EP, this is the first full-length album proper from one-man band Tim Mullineaux, a.k.a. THE LUCKY FACE.

This collection of effortlessly catchy and extremely radio-friendly pop songs includes versions of all four (sic) well-received single releases. Mullineaux might well have forsaken innovation, but his slightly self-deprecating sense of humour shines through during tracks like the helplessly optimistic 'Self Help' and the bittersweet, feline-inspired tongue-in-cheek melancholia of 'When Edie Decides' (meowww!) time and again

Hyperactive nocturnal adventure 'Underneath The City Lights' takes centre-stage, emitting massive instantaneous oddball appeal by the bucket load, whilst the easy-come-easy-go copping-off anthem 'John, You Always Get The Fit One' boasts absurdly high levels of guttural-voiced intensity despite its ostensible 'shrug-of-the-shoulders' stance.

Making it all sound so effortless that he could be on autopilot, Mullineaux includes a rendition of an early creation, 'Calamity', as well as shades of music-hall-influenced pop that smiles in the face of evil before the brief but intricate country-tinted (and possibly ironically-titled) finale 'Fifteen Minutes'.

Refreshingly as well as deceptively light-hearted, this debut LUCKY FACE album is an all-embracing extravaganza that can't help but celebrate everything we love about pop music.

Mike Roberts

 

The Greenwich Visitor  

 

'Like Ronnie Said To Phil' Single Review - Loud Horizon

Yup! - Tim Mullineaux (aka THE LUCKY FACE) has only bloomin' gone and done it again! This is another superbly crafted, radio-friendly single. Combining a general bluesy feel (incorporating, weird as it may sound, harmonica and piano snippets that sound like a combination of Billy Joel's 'Piano Man' and the theme tune to 'Cheers') with a compulsive sing-a-long chorus is certainly a winner with this reviewer.

In the background the piano combines effortlessly with some subtle guitar pickin' and the vocals take on a more rasping and really soulful feel through the choruses and link. The backing vocals add some lovely harmony and altogether, this is the best from THE LUCKY FACE to date - even though once again I have no idea what the hell he's singing about!

The 'B-side' is 'No Personality' and seems a more 'serious' song. Again, it is beautifully constructed and the harmonies are a little bit 'Beautiful South' - but without the female touch.

This is the fourth LUCKY FACE review I have written, following 'Underneath The City Lights;' 'Leech,' and 'Sunk Soul Song,' and on each previous occasion I have made mention of the fact that by rights (as a punk man, myself) I should not like this type of music. And maybe in general terms that still holds...............but no longer in the case of THE LUCKY FACE.

Count me in!

Jesus H. Tap Dancin' Christ - I have seen the light!

(Available worldwide on a download basis from 7th June 2010)

(9/10) Colin Jackson.

 
'Underneath The City Lights' Single Review - Room Thirteen

'Underneath The City Lights' is the debut single to come from The Lucky Face. I found it remarkably comforting to know there are still some great talents being discovered and this band is one of them.

This single is bursting with great rhythms, which are mainly down to the acoustic guitar presence. The vocals are perfectly melodious, the harmonies on track and with the whistling sound amazing. While listening to 'Underneath the City Lights' I found it awfully TV friendly, it is a song that could be one of those 1960's/70's cartoon like themes to programmes such as Trumpton or Bagpuss. The second track on this release, 'Ian's Got A Complex' is another amazing song with the addition of keys.

If you want to be reminded of your childhood days or those of your parents, or if you are just after an incredibly good tune then The Lucky Face have just the number for you.
11/13 - Michelle Moore.