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Summer Special


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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: National Elf
  • ASIN: B008Y9031K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Be High
2. That's Better
3. I'm Seeing Her Tonight
4. Headphone Mona
5. Clap a Chan
6. Roogie Boogie
7. Around and Around
8. Painting Pictures of Summer
9. These Dreams of You
10. That Good Old Fashioned Feeling
11. Skipping and Dancing
12. Good Feeling

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BBC Review

No wonder Euros Childs, the main brain of Welsh pastoral psych beauties Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, chose to concentrate on solo ventures. You can only force so much of your creative mania on other people.

Post-Gorky’s 2006 split, Summer Special is his eighth solo album, not counting collaborations with Norman Blake (Jonny) and Meilyr Jones (First Cousins). But it’s never been dull or predictable. From Welsh language pop (2007’s Bore Da) to country influences (2008’s Cheer Gone); toy-town electronica (2009’s Son of Euro Child) to avant-pop adventures (2010’s Face Dripping); right up to voice/piano ballads (2011’s Ends), each album has addressed a different facet of Childs’ persona, so there is no question (yet) of burn-out.

Summer Special is Childs in pure pop phase. Thirty minutes long, it’s a perfect little world of mid-tempo, piano-based, chorus-heavy impressions. There’s evidence of Childs’ fondness for Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt’s idiosyncratic vintage creations, of lilting pop that ebbs and flows with elusive undercurrents.

But there is a more distinct mainstream 1970s MOR gentility at play: Childs says the album was made, “under the influence of becoming a Gilbert O’Sullivan convert on the island of Jersey in 2010.” Well, it makes a change from magic mushrooms up a Welsh hillside.

The songs are all of a piece, but That’s Better is the album’s lead single for a reason, Around and Around is a tailor-made follow-up, Roogie Boogie is the most MOR-charming (Chas and Dave, were you on Euros’ Jersey holiday too?), and Headphone Mona is just plain gorgeous. The mood turns strangely wan toward the end, as if Mona has vacated the premises, or Childs is composing on a bench on a deserted promenade as the clouds roll in.

But despite the run of These Dreams of You, That Good Old Fashioned Feeling (winner of Best Song Title in the Spirit of Gilbert O’) and Skipping and Dancing (happy title, sad face), the closing Good Feeling tries to act like summer isn’t over. But it is, figuratively and physically, but Summer Special is an especially lovely memento. Now, what’s next? Grindcore?

--Ian Wade

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. SPENCER on 20 Jan 2013
More often than not, quality is the victim of quantity, and with a welter of albums under his svelte Welsh belt, one had to wonder whether Euros' grip on quality control could match his prolific output. Thankfully, Summer Special is a belter of a pop album, meeting all the pop criteria. It's short (just over 30 minutes), it brims with melodies and it provides a breezy, lilting musical high to beat the mid-winter blues. Tracks like 'Be Be High', 'I'm Seeing Her Tonight' and 'Clap A Chan' are out and out pop gems. Whilst 'These Dreams of You' is possibly one of the most achingly beautiful paeans to love committed to high fidelity disc. If you love Keybpards; soaring melodies; and, um, the roogie boogie, then make Summer Special your all year round special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DR STEVE on 19 Dec 2012
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I'm not sure what it is about Euros Childs that keeps me trawling further into his back catalog, all I know is this makes me smile widely.
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Quite simply my favourite album of 2012.

Reminds me of school summer holidays in the 70s, with stuff like Sailor and First Class on the radio. I can hear similarities in Euros' delivery to Jake Thackray, but these are pure pop songs.

Favourite tracks: 'I'm Seeing Her Tonight' / 'Painting Pictures Of You' / 'That Good Old Fashioned Feeling' / 'Good Feeling' ... hang on; I'll quote the whole album this rate!
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By Darren on 25 Feb 2013
Perfect piece of pop music, every track could be a radio friendly single in it's own right. A feel good summer album I cycled round Richmond park with this in my ears and a constant smile on my face.
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By Martin Short on 10 Dec 2012
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I'm going to stick my neck and say that this is Euro's best solo LP to date. That is all!
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