Make no mistake this album is as good and, in my opinion actually better than waltz for Koop which is about as high a praise as can be given. People talk about 'difficult' second albums once an expectation has been set and I must admit I was anticipating the follow up to waltz with fairly luke warm enthusiasm thinking that it couldn't be better and that it would more likely represent a selection of lightweight, watered down derivative jazz musings.
I should have had more faith as what you get here is 9 tracks of the highest class, sticking with Yukimi Nagano and Earl Zinger was probably the wisest move the Koop boys have made and it has paid in spades. Kicking off with Koop Island blues, a slow, moody cut with simmering vibes, the album builds from there on in, Come To Me is an infectious and uplifting piece of swinging jazz which would have been the tune of the summer had it come out a couple of months earlier.
Forces....Darling is probably my personal favourite, with Nagano and Zinger teaming up to produce a sensational piece of thundering heavy persussive jazz. Let's elope is another memorable track with a vocalist sounding very much like morrissey, adding yet more depth to the set.
Zinger is again on fine form for Beyond the Son, a contemplative piece of reflective poetry conjuring up deserted rainy london streets, it's evocative and nourishing and exactly what you want from good music.
At 9 tracks in length it flys by and is over before you know it but I'd rather be left wanting more than watching the clock. If mincing around in cabaret slap and a daft frock produces these kind of results I'm off down Dorothy Perkins now!