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Creation

If Paul Weller is neo-mod’s reigning monarch, and Dan Treacy its court jester, then Ed Ball is the music’s knight-errant. His quest has taken him through acid house and beyond, but I like him best as a young punk who knows that whether he’s in Liverpool, London, or love, things are probably better somewhere else.

—Leonard Roberge