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“My first job was in a watch shop on Oxford Street, but I accidentally burned it down. The flames went up and triggered the sprinklers, and eventually they went off in every shop nearby which then flooded the whole road,” chuckles Baxter Dury. Serenaded into the world by his dad’s band The Blockheads banging out Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny Be Good’ in the basement ... Read more in Amazon's Baxter Dury Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Regal
  • ASIN: B0056A5MIO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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`Happy Soup' is worlds away from the darkness and romantic disappointments of previous LPs `Len Parrot's Memorial Lift' (2002) and `Floor Show' (2005), so much so that Dury refers to his new effort as "seaside psychedelia". Its ten tracks narrate everyday tales of dancing on the patio in Marigolds and seedy sex in Portugal, yet Baxter's lyrical playfulness and acute character analysis ensure the songs are anything but mundane. Just take the amusing picture painted of London's Portobello Road in love song `Trellic' or `The Sun' in which Madelaine Heart's honeyed guest vocals swim in-between bursts of Baxter's mad, infectious laughter and colourful, rippling guitars.

BBC Review

There's a reason why clichés are clichés - because so often they're true. And Baxter Dury - son of the late Blockhead Ian - is a living personification of that famous old adage: like father, like son. Happy Soup is the 39-year-old's third album, coming almost six years after his last full-length effort, and it's infused with the legacy of his renowned father. That said, these 10 tracks don't try to replicate the latter's iconoclastic, idiosyncratic style. Rather, the tenderness and tightness of that inherent paternal bond shines through these laid-back, lethargic songs.

The album begins with Isabel, a hazy ode to reckless one-night stands and the blurry recollections that usually follow. "I think my mate slept with you when we were in Portugal," he intones in his distinctive London brogue over a guitar and synth line that's both sinister and seedy. That sense of being on the edge of reality, of being perpetually hungover, of being uncertain about where you've been for the last day or week or year, of an underlying sadness that feels like it'll never go away permeates the entire record. Leak at the Disco is dreamy and melancholy, flitting between Dury's deep, gruff spoken-word verses and the bittersweet charm of the female-sung chorus.

Elsewhere, Afternoon is a slow meditation on the follies of youth that's less rose-tinted than alcohol-tainted; the title-track is a not-so-sweet serenade set in and after a dingy club in the early hours of the morning; and Picnic on the Edge is an up-tempo, reckless quasi-punk anthem. Every song positively brims with the characters within them. As such, you become attached to their narratives, their lives, their fortunes and failings, their tired, drunken eyes. Of course, that in turn brings you closer to Dury's own jaded solemnity, and with each listen you're more and more absorbed by and into his own world, one equally as distinctive as his father's. It's also one that's riddled with a slight despair, but one, oddly, that inspires as much as it depresses. "No-one ever told us," lilts the gentle refrain of penultimate number The Sun, "that we're gonna be left alone." It's a devastating (and sadly true) statement, but it's one you can't help singing along to with a smile on your lips. It's wonderfully illustrative of the perfect balance of darkness and light that informs this album from start to finish.

--Mischa Pearlman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Montgomery Snapper on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
There are echoes of his Dad, but there are also echoes of Damon Albarn and Ray Davies too. Baxter's nicotine stained and gentle mockneyisms sensationally rub up against Madelaine Hart's pure but not so innocent vocals to add up to the strangest vocal pairing since Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell. A catalogue of Claires, posh girls and Isabels are left by the wayside, or do the leaving, as Baxter looks for meaning and maybe love in places as disparate as Chiswick Disco, Trellic Tower or a Hotel in Brixton. This eccentricity made odder still by the sparseness of the instrumentation and the sort of analogue fug not heard in many a year. Happy Soup? Sure, mate, pour me a big bowl and I'll stick my aural spoon in it all night.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mister joe on 8 Sept. 2011
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Baxter Dury is one cool,cool cat.Most of the time children of famous music artists who embark on their own career its normally a derivative affair soaked in nepotism.Well Baxter Dury is the exception,an individual artist with his own brand of narcoleptic,swooning lo fi pop.After a long wait Happy Soup is finally out and what an album.I am often quizzed about "what type of music do you like?" because i despise Artic Monkeys,Foo Fighters etc.Well Happy Soup pretty much encapsulates what i like.The ten tracks here are simple in execution with the customary savoir faire style of Baxter but also still retaining his sense of hip abstraction.Pretty much loved all the songs from Isabel,the hypnotic spoken word Leak At The Disco to the dainty mockney bounce of Picnic On The Edge.In an alternative universe Hotel In Brixton would be number one.Baxter Dury is a great artist making flawless indie music for those who find the mainstream garish,hollow and superficial.Also Baxter Dury albums are dripping in charisma and charm,you know a real "geezer" not some conveyer belt dullard.Buy all his albums at once.A dude.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Baxter Dury's new album 'Happy Soup' is nothing less than a joy!
There's a lightness of being and spirit about it which picks you
up and carries you along willingly from beginning to end.
It's impossible to not be reminded about his illustrious Father :
the dry humour; the dark brown voice; the witty but tender cockney
sprechgesang are all present and correct but Mr Dury Junior maps out
a territory all his own. There are ten songs in the set and I found
something to smile about in every one of them. The simple arrangements
have extraordinary clarity; the female backing vocals provide a jolly
musical conterpoint to Mr Dury's singular narratives; the production
is uncluttered and lucid; the supporting musicians are wholly sympathetic
to his muse. All-in-all it's a feast for the ears and our inner eye.

Standout tracks include : opening number 'Isabel', a prickly, bouncy,
open-textured composition full of uncertainty about whether or not
his "mate" slept with the lady of the title during a sojourn in Portugal
(the bitterness is reigned-in and all the more poignant because of it);
'Leak At The Disco', a further wistful series of reflections on lost
love and regret; 'Afternoon', a really sweet tune with a plaintive
and vulnerable vocal performance from our host; 'Hotel In Brixton', a
stumbling, stripped-down invention where the ladies take centre stage
with delightfully laconic aplomb and final track 'Trophies' a deliciously
ramshackle down-beat invention which brings the album to an affecting close.

All the ingredients of 'Happy Soup' make for a hearty and extremely tasty meal.
I'd lick the bowl clean if Mrs Wolf wasn't watching me from the kitchen door!

Recommended.
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By Amazon Customer on 21 Oct. 2011
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This is a good, fun CD, which has you singing along to it with its simple lyrics. It has good rhythm and, whilst reminiscent of his father, he has carved out his own style. It is not a CD to be left in the car for a week - it is not background noise. You have to listen to it, hear and become involved with the music, whether it be foot tapping or singing along. As such it is a CD to listen to every so often and to remember that you have played it.

My only criticism is the lack of clarity on the higher notes in track 8. It seemed a little muffled in places within that one track. The bass is solid, but the higher notes have lost their sparkle.

Overall, a CD to buy and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dangerscouse on 26 Aug. 2011
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...and that is no criticism! If you like Ian Dury's style of almost lazy cockney vocals you'll love this album. This is what I imagine Ian Dury would sound like if he was just starting out now. The beats and production are mid-tempo pop with a strong groove and rhythm.

It's got similarities to Lily Allen, but it's not too similar to make it the same. This is a style that his Dad created and Blake has further refined. Very enjoyable to my ears
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I have to admit i had never heard BD before but this album is exactly like living in London. Great, bittersweet and lonely some of the time. Superb tunes that just get into your head and wont get out. Hotel in Brixton is a masterpiece and worth the price of the disk alone.
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