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Better or worse?...
on 10 July 2008
Lemon Jelly move on but not necessarily quite where you expect... and, for fans of "Lost Horizons" this one needs care. Less quirky than its hugely successful predecessor, "'64 to '95" moves closer to mainstream club music, losing and gaining on the way. Gone is much of the humorous and inherently "uplifting" feel of "Lost Horizons" that made it such an enjoyable mass appeal album, in its place is a harder edge with more drawn out, less "easy-listening" work-outs of its themes. Serious stuff then, but is it any good?
Well, first impressions aren't great - initially most tracks seem like fairly lightweight electro-rambles underpinned by some odd & often annoying looped samples. But, after a few times through, things start to register much more positively, revealing an album that's got enough hooks and interest to keep you coming back for more. And as you do several tracks including "Come Down on Me", "A Man Like Me", "The Slow Train" and the genuinely "exciting" "Go", start to really grab your attention, while others just get... more annoying.
In the end there's enough good music in "'64 to '95" to allow it to hold its own against "serious" competition, but there's a lot of it about and you can't help feeling that it's a shame they couldn't keep pushing further into the unique and gently bizarre realms of "Lost Horizons". If that's what you want there's not too much on offer here - better to check-out Elephant Talk's wonderfully undiscovered albums - but if you want several more high quality, downbeat electronica/dance tracks to add to your collection then it should hit the button.