Baxter Dury, the progeny of late punk pioneer Ian Dury (of the influential Ian Dury & the Blockheads), unveils a curious collection of beatnik, folk-infused psychedelia on his delicate and eccentr

Baxter Dury, the progeny of late punk pioneer Ian Dury (of the influential Ian Dury & the Blockheads), unveils a curious collection of beatnik, folk-infused psychedelia on his delicate and eccentric debut, Len Parrot's Memorial Lift. Enlisting a stellar lineup of U.K. musicians—including members of Portishead, Pulp, Spiritualized, and the Blockheads—Baxter creates an eerily minimal and understated set bathed in textures, both vocally and instrumentally. Like Mercury Rev, John Lennon, and Pulp, Dury strikes an intriguing balance between painful and bittersweet, reverent and joyous. Dury's frequent flights into indiscernible falsetto are unnerving, but when they work, they are haunting and mesmerizing. Tracks like "Oscar Brown," the Geoff Barrow-produced "Gingham Smalls 2," the title track (a heart-warming ode to his father), and album closer "Boneyard Dogs" are standouts, while the rest of the set seems to whither into a frayed neo-reality—one that's far too tedious and abstract. The end result? A bold statement suffering from too much self-indulgence.—CMR