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5.0 out of 5 stars CORK'S FINEST RETURN WITH A CORKER!, 5 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Beauty Becomes More Than Life (Audio CD)
The Frank & Walters flirted brifly with chart fame in the early 90's and then seemed to disappear into obscurity. They may have been remembered by some for their bizarre costumes and some crazy songs. Seven years later the boys are back with a far mature and cynical take on life. "Beauty Becomes More Than Life" has 13 tracks which tell of the many phases of love - it's early promise, full bloom and bitter demise.
Bassist and singer Paul Lineham's powerfully distinctive ranges from gentle reflection of "Simple Times" to the soarimg passion of stand out track "Time We Said Goodnight". The latter will draw angry tears from anyone who has ever had their heart brocken. Brother Niall Lineham chimes in on guitar and Ashley Keating provides the powerful back-drop of drums with some keyboard atmospherics thrown in to great effect.
"Plenty Times" is the insantly catchy single that gets things off to a fine start. The optimism of "Don't Stop" grooves along to a disco beat. "Woman" builds from a stomping verse into a storming incesent chorus. "Something Happened To Me" is a charming tale of finding love. "Let Me Know" is a pleasant whimsical tune but draws to an urgent conclusion as all is not as it first appears!
"Today" is vintage Franks which starts off gently but becomes more intense as it nears the end. "Take Me Through This Life" is an angst ridden track that starts hesitantly before being driven along by a stridant drum beat. "Stop" is a dark, angry and noisy song of defiance at being misled. "Cast Away" is a philosophical swaying tune. Finally "Until The End" climaxes to a resolute stand of 'when it's not perfect it will be worth it in the end'. What better way to finish the album?
The only slight non-entity of the album is the dubby four and a half minutes of "7.30" with strobe-like vocal effects making for an 'interesting' interlude. Sadly this album was lost on the radio playlists of 1998 but the Franks still proved that they could cut it live in front of a ever growing and loyal following.
This CD has the extra bonus of an extra CD containing 5 of their most inspired moment from their back catalogue. "Colours" is one of the best singles you'll ever hear. "Daisy Chain" is the original Frank's at their jaunty screaming best. "Indean Ocean" was meant to be the somping comeback single. "Fashion Crisis Hits New York" is one of the most witty takes on what's cool set to a great pop tune. "How Can I Exist?" is the Frank's crowning moment starting with a strumming piano and building to anthemic chorus. These bonus tracks should hopefully lead you to find the rest of this band's formidable back catalogue. Don't be in the dark any longer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Michael..., 28 July 2010
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Beauty Becomes More Than Life (Audio CD)
The Frank and Walters must be one of the most underated/misunderstood bands in the history of music. I've seen them play in their home town of Cork to packed hysterical audiences ,then play to half-full mildly enthusiastic crowds elsewhere in Ireland and finally to half a dozen punters (including myself & wife) at venues in the U.K. They were lauded by the musical press when they first started and sung whimsical (albeit excellent) songs about Happy Busmen, yer man Michael and Fashion in NY whilst clothed in Orange boiler suits...pure delight. However they were soon considered has-beens and dropped off the musical radar. They have however continued to produce work of a high (more mature) standard and this is them at their absolute peak. This album is choc-a-bloc with wondferful tunes which are now all considered to be family friends who i couldn't imagine being without. "Simple Times" is achingly beautiful and "Until the End" is still pencilled in to be played at my eventual funeral. The overall brilliance is slightly marred by one track "7.30" which is just an electronic doodle (an experiment?) and totally out of place but it can't water down the overall glory of this epic album. If you gave up on them back in the early 90's please give them another chance you won't be disappointed...honestly. I just wish i understood what the title meant!!!
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