|1. Act Of The Apostle Part 1|
|2. Another Sunny Day|
|3. White Collar Boy|
|4. The Blues Are Still Blue|
|5. Dress Up In You|
|6. Sukie In The Graveyard|
|7. We Are The Sleepyheads|
|8. Song For Sunshine|
|9. Funny Little Frog|
|10. To Be Myself Completely|
|11. Act Of The Apostle Part 2|
|12. For The Price Of A Cup Of A Tea|
|13. Mornington Crescent|
Yet, as soon as the laidback bass of"Act Of The Apostle" opens this, their seventh album,you know something of an epiphany has taken place.
It could be the use of Beck's producer Tony Hoffer or the Californian rays of the recording sessions, but where once there was soppy indie, now there is solid sunshine pop.
It's not a complete departure, but for once, the quaint sensibilities don't overburden the tunes and the result, particularly on the insanely catchy "Funny Little Frog" and the chunky Bowie groove of "The Blues Are Still Blue", is an essential blend of quintessentially retro beats and fine storytelling. --Chris Long
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Some familar B&S themes are here; Self-referential lyrical depreciation. Side references to religion. Musical inspiration taken from the 70s. Mainstream, but unmistakable. Equally noticable is that the band members are better musicians than ever. This is a band still on the way up, still changing, a band not yet devoid of new ideas.
I suppose it must hurt to see your own special obscure band take a direction that gets them attention outside their niche. I can't see any other reason for some of the review comments here. Common sense would suggest if you really only ever liked past B&S member Isabel Campbell's music, the best course of action is to buy a CD that she's on, not one she's not. It seems pointless to complain about her absense afterwards, never mind inventing unsavoury personal motivations for other band members based around her.
B & S are changing. They're still making good music. Join in or move on.
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