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|1. Sweet Tooth Bird|
|2. Humble Digs|
|6. The Barely Skinny Tree|
|9. Franklin Benedict|
Brimming with galloping rhythms, vertiginous, hairpin-turn arrangements, baroque string flourishes, brass fanfaronades and soaring choirs, this never less than striking opening salvo exudes artistic confidence, if not downright chutzpah. Typically, opener Sweet Tooth Bird erupts in an explosion of martial drums, parping trumpets and, by turns, towering and witchy vocal descants which make Florence Welch sound like a shrinking violent by comparison. The chimera-like Humble Digs, meanwhile, finds room for banjos, a vocal steal from Talking Heads’ Air and a grand symphonic pop chorus that might have fallen off an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Even when the torrential, kitchen-sink attack abates, as on the delicate, ukulele-strumming intro to Lilliput, the hurtling drums and gilded string phalanxes are soon pouring over the folky barricades, Houghton surfing the music in a delicious formation of immense overdubbed contralto harmonies.
The tag ‘psychedelic’, which is routinely appended to descriptions of BJH’s music, seems somewhat misplaced. Sure, corrida trumpets straight out of Love’s Forever Changes, and vivid, altered state lyrics about ‘boys with eyes of mercury’ abound, but this is music which evinces at least a passing acquaintance with Tin Pan Alley principles, and, for all its art-folk inspirations, it might have been tailored for a contemporary mainstream audience who like their mellifluous pop cut with a dash of vaulting kookiness.
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A lovely, unique, enchanting debut. Impossible to pigeonhole into any single genre - Beth's incredible voice soars over, under and through an eclectic mix of tracks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JB
One of the best albums I have ever heard. The craftsmanship of the songs is of the highest quality. Wonderful melodies, driving rhythms, brilliant vocals. Read morePublished 3 months ago by neal thorley
This album is outstanding. Beth is obviously a witty, highly original artist. These are quirky and brilliantly written songs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jorgecadette
I was not sure how good this album would be having only
heard one track what a great surprise
the album is consistently good right through
different and entertaining... Read more
What a great album, it had my foot tapping from the off. It also included a free cd, why doesnt all vinyl come with this?Published on 29 April 2013 by Faux
I really like this because it reminds me of ponies and candy floss.
love Sarah, age 4.
Can any one else hear Sparks in this? Punk? Florence? Louis 14th? Read more
Love Beth, saw her play when she was 17 at her brothers art jam! So so talented, great album. Beautiful! Been listening non stop. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2012 by Emily Adam