Layton – Grand Design

Grand Design is a pop mix that is at once retro and futuristic, with definite nightclub undertones. Brother/sister team Paul and Laura Layton share the vocal duties, singing in the lackadaisical, emotionless style exemplified by Jarvis Cocker and Ladytron. Paul is the group’s dominant force, acting as the main songwriter and programmer, while Laura makes all petulant and kittenish in front of the mic. It’s a potent combination: Grand Design is full of songs that drip with passive coolness, making the disc ideal for an evening of expensive mixed drinks and extortionate cover charges.

Originally published on Splendid

12/22/2004

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