on 30 June 2009
They call it a one cord one song record but I think these two have undersold it. I would sell it as reclaiming the essence of music with back to basics songs.
This is record has a wonderful raw feeling to it and you feel like they recorded it in their kitchen with a group of friends around them. They sparkle together and it makes for a wonderful project.
As always the lyrics are fun and all about relationships while the music has hints of folk, skiffle and bluegrass.
If you like Billy Childish (in all his forms) and Holly Golightly you definitely won't be disappointed.
Yes, I get the concept of 'One chord! One song! One sound!' but I did feel that it was all just a bit too repetitive, with similar songs and overall sound, and it was nice when Johnny Johnson's harp was used on a few tracks to have a bit of variety. My favourite songs were the ones that did sound a bit different such as the slower ballad 'I believe" which has a sort of Tom Waits-vibe and where you hear Holly's vocals more to the fore, "Upside mine" which seemed to have a slightly less muddy production than the other tracks and the shortish "It's a natural fact" which just featured Holly on vocals. However, like much of Billy's/Holly's work this is a remarkable evocation of early 60s British R&B and the Beat Boom - as if the last 50 years never happened...