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Happy Soup [CD]

Baxter Dury Audio CD
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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 (17 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0058HDH3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Isabel
2. Claire
3. Leak At The Disco
4. Afternoon
5. Happy Soup
6. Trellic
7. Picnic On The Edge
8. Hotel In Brixton
9. The Sun
10. Trophies

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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Souped up (and down) 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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5.0 out of 5 stars COOLEST DUDE IN THE WORLD 8 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars You can tell it's Ian Dury's son.... 26 Aug 2011
Format:MP3 Download
...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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bowlful Of Bittersweet Treats 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!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD 23 Sep 2013
By Bing57
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Great stuff - Baxter is definitely a chip off the old block(head). If you like that spoken/sung approach with a heavy beat, this is for you.
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