Sam France and Jonathan Rado have achieved something pretty impressive with Hang: they’ve produced a record that can be admired hugely, but is almost impossible to enjoy. In contrast to 2014’s 24 track drag …And Star Power, Hang is barely half an hour long, but makes up for its lack of temporal bulk by making use of a 40 piece band, hyperbolically glorifying Bowie at his most glam, and allowing theatrical tangents and pastiches to blossom into the bizarre. France and Rado undoubtedly bring a musical star power to most that they touch, but they are a duo so volatile that break-up announcements must be taken with a pinch of salt, just as much as each shred of activity could be their last. With their most recent exploit, Hang appears as an album of ambition that outdoes itself so spectacularly that it appears as a jazzed up, Disney-esque caricature of its own end product.
[FIRST PUBLISHED ON NO RIPCORD]