Euros Childs The Miracle Inn

Constantly overshadowed by Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci were that other Welsh band that seemed destined for greatness but never succeeded. And it wasn’t because of a lack of talent — they left behind a very impressive discography when they called it a day in 2006. It just never seemed to happen for them. Since the band’s demise, founding member Euros Childs has been incredibly busy, releasing three albums in less than two years. The latest is The Miracle Inn, a more downbeat offering than its predecessors, with only a few of the pop gems Childs is more than capable of writing. The Miracle Inn is a little disappointing, however, because it isn’t as interesting as its predecessors. With so many melancholy tracks it loses momentum just before the halfway point and never gets back on track despite trying its utmost with the title track, an ambitious 16-minute suite of songs about his teenage years in Wales. But with the promise of solo album number four just around the corner, it’s only a matter of time before he hits the bull’s-eye. (Wichita, www.wichita-recordings.com) (Wichita)