It's been a long time coming.... from "Ahead of the race" (which was supposed to be the only single) thru the "Radio hits" compilations, the move to che, the universally acclaimed "Does your heart go Boom" (included here) and "Long live the UK music scene", and only now, finally "Love and glitter, hot days and music" rears itself into the public eye, a year after it was recorded.
The songs are big, disco pop numbers - with the obligatory Ramones guitars giving it the punky feel we've come to expect from the Swansea girls. The bright and breezy "Shifty disco girl" kicks off the album, closley followed by the vengaboysesque anthem to the mosh-pit - "Jump up and Down" and the cuban boys collaboration "Atomic beat boy", bathed in string sections and a desperate, pleaing vocal "she turns to him and wipes the tears from her eyes/she says do you love me, he says i still love you".
An obvious highlight is the ressurection of the helen love classic "Punk boy", presented here as a duet between Helen and Joey Ramone, which is worth checking out solely for the Ramones frontman's unique take on the line "Swansea bay". From the sheer disco delights of "Bigbigkiss" and the atari teenage riot assisted "MC5" to the laid back title track and the closing euro-trance "Phasers to stun", this album has been worth the wait.
Helens left school, she's home from a day out on the beach, and shes there, in the middle of the dance floor, dancing to the light of a glitter ball.