New Music Report: Cornershop

Rolling Stone contributing editor Christian Hoard’s “Christian Rock” new music pick this week is Cornershop’s Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast. The band — one of the great alt-rock bands of the ’90s — is led by Anglo-Indian frontman Avtar Singh and mixes drones, Velvet Underground-style guitars, sitar, bits of electronica and dub. The new disc leans more toward classic rock, which here serves as an inspiration and a loose theme (there are Rolling Stones riffs, soul divas and lyrics about the Beatles). One of Hoard’s favorite tracks on the disc is “Free Love,” five and a half minutes of sweet, blissful psychedelia based on sitar, non-English lyrics and a very pretty melody. Overall, the album is expansive, tuneful and warm. It closes with the churchy, soulful 16-minute “The Truth Is Turned On,” which features a fabulous mix of congas and guitars — it’s a fitting way to end an album that’s an argument for multiculturalism and Singh’s own brand of spirituality.

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