U.N.K.L.E. Never Never Land (Mo Wax/Universal) Rating: NN
Few tastemakers have fallen as far and fast as James Lavelle. There was a time just a few years ago when anything with the teenage boy wonder's stamp on it, or the name of his Mo Wax imprint, was worth a listen. The spectacular crash and burn of the much-hyped Psyence Fiction album by Lavelle's U.N.K.L.E. project helped dull that glow, but even a humiliated Lavelle still prefers to dwell miles up his own ass rather than in the real world. Never Never Land is another dose of sterile, high-concept electro-pop that staggers along under the weight of its own self-importance but never really goes anywhere. Abandoned by his cut creator, DJ Shadow, Lavelle is left to sample Tubular Bells and coax a weak drawl out of Ian Brown. The whole mess is so dead boring it sounds like Lavelle himself lost interest midway through.