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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Leap Forward!, 28 Nov. 2002
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juliephive (Brighton, England) - See all my reviews
Ballboy make a huge leap forward in this, their second album. The sound is bigger, more lush and more varied than Club Anthems 2001. The song titles, as always, are a treasure. It is impossible not to love a song called 'i wonder if you're drunk enough to sleep with me tonight'. The album starts off pop, and then turns on a two song section in the middle (acoustic "i lost you, but i found country music" followed by the grand orchestral spoken word hypnosis of "a europe-wide search for love") into a heavier, darker affair. Any hopes of redemption from the penultimate song "sex is boring" (next lyric "with me") are dashed with an achingly beautiful, but desperately dark final song - "meet me at the shooting range" where acoustic guitar and sombre cellos tell a tale of despair. I don't know if all is well in singer Gordon McIntyre's world, but he and Ballboy have given us an album to love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, 16 Jan. 2013
As with all Ballboy stuff, you will either love it, or you are an idiot with no taste and should give you're ears to someone who can not hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea to get this i think, 2 Aug. 2004
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M. Knights "matt k" (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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There is no doubt this is a good album. It is like The Wedding Present with possibly better lyrics and a nicer voice. By nicer voice i mean the 'Trainspotting' style social commentary you get from the singer. It marks the band out well, and it fits, it fits with the whole tone of the thing which is... Trainspotting like social commentary - about people and places and relationships. It is about love of course. I often like these sort of albums, the type that say 'look, what do people write about - love - that is all they write about, ever.' Bob Dylan said 'I write all love songs' in response to questions about his relationship to politics. And i think it is great when a band are aware enough to realise that an be up front about it. Hence the long song titles. They are not pretentious, they are an acknowledgement that love needs long song titles becasue it is complicated(Doh). It is also essentially very simple (doh) and Ballboy know the paradox like the back of their hands (the back of the ballboys hand?) Anyway - the result is songs about love an loss but songs overtly about love and loss- and for this awareness and for the lyrics 10/10. The Music still has to live up to the ethos though, and it does mostly. It doesnt just rip off The Smiths and The Wedding Presents' jangly guitar-conveys-a-sense-of-awkward-love-hate-sad-happy-where-am-i-in-the-world-ness. It has a bit of that, but you are left feeling this is an album in its own right musically, as well as lyrically. Will it have a right to classic status? Possibly not because it isn't REALLY original, but it is a subtle, clever and articulate slice of sad-happy brilliance from Scotland.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland loves Ballboy..., 27 Jan. 2003
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paul w. (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
Well I do anyway! Having been lucky enough to see Ballboy play live a few times I was hoping that the new album would live up to the live set and they have managed it in style. From the glorious put down of the first track through to the sad, dark cellos at the end, Ballboy give us more wit and invention than most bands do in their whole lifetime. Stand out tracks for me:
'I lost you, but I found country music' which manages to be funny, sad and beautiful whilst only being about a minute long.
'a europwide search for love' with its wall of strings.
'avant garde music' with the previously mentioned f*** you to a girl who works in a record shop.
'where do the nights of sleep go to when they do not come to me?' which reminds me of new order with its drum machines and synths.
but as i say they are only my personal favourites. Buy this album, and you can pick your own!
PW
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