Ah, The Brilliant Corners! I loved this band, even in their mistaken longhair period ("Hooked", which is still a cracking album despite the bad shirts and 'rawk' tendencies.) 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' is often spoken about in hushed tones as The Corners jangle pop epic. It is very, very good but I do prefer the 'Growing Up Absurd/What's In A Word/Fruit Machine' reissue personally. 'Somebody..' has some of The Corner's finest moments on it ('Trust Me','She's Dead',) but does, just occasionally, get a little bit too twee (mainly on the bafflingly still adored 'Teenage' - Never took to it's nursery rhyme style myself, but lots of people seem to love it.) These minor gripes aside, a sparkingly, upbeat, joyous, trumpet-led set of tunes worthy of anybody's money. (4.5 out of 5)
'Joyride' was an altogether darker affair (no trumpets!, though not without it's charms. The opening track crashes in with a vintage 'Clash City Rockers'/'Substitute' riff and Davey's sneering vocals - Great stuff. This is swiftly followed by the upbeat 'Emily', which goes into any Brilliant Corners top tunes set. Things do deviate a little after this point, but there are enough moments of magic (the rumbustious 'I Didn't See You' in particular) to keep the listener's interest. The inclusion of the magnificent 'Why Do You Go with Him...' single adds a sparkling, jangly power pop moment to complete the set. ( 4 out of 5.)
Buy this and the 'Growing Up Absurd/What's In A Word' reissue, sit back, crack open a can and wonder how on earth this brilliant band never made it.