- Audio CD (25 Nov 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Bella Union
- ASIN: B00006373C
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
It is a shame that this record is being released on the wrong side of Valentine’s Day since “I Love You” is perfect for the occasion. Singer Tim Keegan’s romantic lyrics are spread liberally over a fog of charmingly dissonant piano and accompanied by spacious “ooohs” from his band members. As the bass and drums thrust themselves into the mix, Keegan’s celebratory vocals are suitably escorted by an ascension of trumpet and the occasional burst of flute.
The centrepiece of the record is the cinematic, DJ Shadow inspired instrumental “Tubular Belgians in my Goldfield”, which effortlessly morphs into “Be Good to Yourself”, a jam session built upon layers of jazz piano and fiery trumpeting. A female guest vocalist is introduced in “Over the Side”, which reminds me of Nick Cave’s “Death is not the end” every time I listen to it, although Keegan’s lyrics appear to be an exultation of life rather than of murder. The forthcoming single “King Kong Frown” is fast and funky and features bebop trumpets, but is a little predictable and not one of the better songs on the album. “Alone again, and” (title possibly inspired by Love’s classic “Alone again or”) sees Keegan’s underused falsetto efficiently employed; and the opening bar of the hugely catchy “What You Have is Good” makes for the most inviting start to a song I’ve heard in ages. The band clearly had a good time making this album and you will have a good time listening to it.
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