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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When I first heard Echobelly back in the mid-nineties, I wasn't that impressed. There were so many excellent indie bands around at the time and I unfairly categorised and dismissed Sonya Madan and the group as average Sleeper-like bandwagon jumpers. However, as I worked in a music store at the time, several of the singles, which were on heavy rotation, started to work their way into my mind and, eventually, I relented and bought this album. It was one of those albums that I was almost annoyed to admit that I really liked, but I did - and I still do. Although this is very much an album of the time, released when "Britpop" was very much the big thing (about the only time in my personal history when my musical taste has been remotely mainstream), listening to it now still reveals it to be a very melodic, energetic, enjoyable experience. The big singles (the maddeningly catchy "King Of The Kerb, the irrepressibly upbeat "Great Things" and the quietly epic "Dark Therapy") are all superb, but this release is much more than just a few good singles with a lot of padding - "On" is also a very good album in pretty much its entirety and there are another handful of tracks which could also easily have been singles.

I don't think this is just nostalgia talking, either. "Go Away" has a great winding riff, "Pantyhose & Roses" is a great little kitchen-sink drama, the way the album opener, "Car Fiction", immediately builds the tension is an excellent statement of intent, "Natural Animal" boasts a powerful chorus with a great vocal performance and "Something Hot In A Cold Country" is a beautifully dreamy piece with a memorable chorus. The nearest the album gets to throwaway indie is "Four Letter Word" which does, sadly, seem to go through the motions and convinces far less than the rest of their second album. I have to admit that it loses points for a slight lack of originality, but the songs are strong enough to sound fantastic nearly two decades after its release, the band are tight, Sonya's voice is likeable, expressive and always just the right side of twee. Although I can't quite say that this album is one of the greatest ever made and that it's an absolutely essential purchase, it's extremely good. If you enjoy listening to indie bands from the mid and late nineties, then I would hazard a guess that "On" would be a very welcome addition to your collection. Listening to it today, it still sounds as excellent as it always did and, quite honestly, it's all rather fulfilling... no empty feeling inside at all.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2000
The years 1995-96 were the best ever, and "Great Things", "Dark Therapy" and "King of the Kerb" soundtracked some great moments. "Something Hot in a Cold Country" is a song that I played over and over again at a time when I was being trawled through the mud.... This is one of my special albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2009
A great female fronted band.A good consistent album, all good tunes with a 90's feel.

This still stands up way past the 90's and hopefully will continue to do so....
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In the mid 1990s, there was a big fight going on in the music industry, between Blur and Oasis. You'd be forgiven for thinking that there was nothing else going on but, quietly in the background, plenty of other bands were getting a lot of attention as the Britpop phenomenon grew.

Amongst them were Echobelly, rare as a female fronted Britpop band. Sonja Madan was never a riot grrl or arch-feminist, but her distinctive voice and lyrical style helped them stand out from the wannabees and put them at the forefront of the britpop era. "ON" was their defining album, a foot-tapping combination of jangling guitars, singalong choruses and uplifting lyrics.

Stand out tracks for me, even now, are Dark Therapy and Great Things. The latter is a forward looking, positive thinking jump about kind of song. The former is a lazy, trippy, close your eyes and I will take you all the way kind of song.

If you like your Britpop straight down the middle of the road, this is a great addition to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
Arrived in good time and in good condition and apparently the music is great according to my music mad idiot of a son whom i do the ordering for i'm just pleased for everyone that he lives on his own and never plays his music when my wife and i visit anyway thanks it keeps him quiet
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 1999
This is one of my favourite albums of all time. Although quite short at 45 mins ish it's worth it for the quality. Much better than Lustra!
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on 10 January 2014
Just love this Album. It's bordering on radio friendly but has enough 'indy' in it to satisfy. If you came to it because of 'Dark Therapy' you'll stay for the rest.
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on 13 October 2014
A great album by a band who deserved to be huge. Some great tracks in here, natural animal, something hot, dark therapy...and more...buy it buy it
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2001
this is the 2nd L.P. from the dynamic artragious band ECHOBELLY, who have maintained their fresh, direct life-force that made them outstanding from the first. They've got thing's to say and they've got the style to say it with and it hit's you right between the eyes. Rockin' guitar, direct and poinient lyrics and a fresh and optomistic vocal makes them shine out in a music world full of dull banal comparisions attempting at the same effect. The themes are varied, but the identity of this record is about survival of the human spirit, "a natural animal bent by the rules". Critics will hammer it for it's flaws in places of poetical inconsitency, but no! this only makes the production more real, more personal. It's busting with energy and vitality, it's "something hot in a cold country". every human being in england with a record player should own a copy.
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on 8 April 2015
Excellent band, excellent album!
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