Scritti Politti - Anomie & Bonhomie (Virgin) On the surface, Scritti Politti seem to be riding the coat-tails of the 1980s revival with this comeback album. Their last full-length release was back in 1988, and Green Gartside - who basically is Scritti Politti nowadays - has remained invisible for the better part of this decade. A spin through Anomie & Bonhomie, however, is enough to dispel such notions. Gartside manages to present an album that is genuinely refreshing, an 11-track set revealing a full-blown infatuation with cutting-edge hip-hop. The surprise is that Gartside carries it off so well. Just as he previously employed Shabba Ranks to such good effect, here rappers Lee Majors and Mos Def give attitude to Gartside's songs. Set against heavy duty guitars, songs like Here Come July and Prince Among Men are powerful as well as idiosyncratic. Umm, which opens the album, strikes a balance between dancehall skank and breezy guitar-pop. Although there are glaring weaknesses - slushy ballads like Born To Be and the lightweight reggae swagger of Mystic Handyman - Anomie & Bonhomie is nevertheless a remarkable demonstration of the self-rejuvenation of an 1980s icon. Enough to forgive Gartside his Princess Di hairdo all those years ago.