Customer Reviews

1 Review
5 star:
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consider yourself privileged to hear it., 21 Jan 2010
russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Privilege (Audio CD)
Privilege was recorded as a trio with ex-Swell Maps bassist/singer Jowe Head and drummer Jeffrey Bloom along with the adenoidal London based singer/guitarist Daniel Treacy and released on Fire records in 1985.It made little impact but it is one of the finest English pop albums I have ever heard.
Treacy who formed the band with schoolmate Edward Ball and Joe Foster (later of Slaughter Joe) has fashioned himself as the voice of a long-lost young generation wandering around the periphery of pop . While he draws heavily on classic 60s pop and psychedelia there is a distinct element of fey 1980,s pop ( like that on the unjustly maligned Sarah label ) while at the same time using a plethora of references to timeless English literature and cinema.
Treacy is hindered somewhat by his reed thin limited vocals but the songs are all so terrific they effortlessly overcome this encumbrance .A song like the ballad "What If It's Raining " would be a thing of brittle but glorious wistfulness in the hands ( or the voice box ) of someone like Richard Hawley but even the fact that Treacy struggles to invest the song with the vocal emotional depth it yearns for doesn't render it any less special . Indeed his limitations are rather endearing and gives the songs an empirical grounding they might otherwise lack.
The album shines ( helped by some effusively enthusiastic insert sleeve notes about the wonder of pop music when he was a kid - something sadly denied many kids today I would expect ) with a dedicated love of pop music. "Salvador Dali's Garden Party " ,"The Man Who Paints The Rainbows " , "Paradise Is For The Blessed " ,Sad Mona Lisa " are all cracking effervescent pop songs that showcase an instructive knack for a memorable melody and an ear for a unforgettable couplet.
There are three extra tracks - the shivery "The Room At The Top Of The Stairs " , the driving almost straight up rock of "This Time There's No Happy Ending " and the pithy "Part One : Fulfilling The Contractual Obligations ". Unusually for extra tracks these are all well worth hearing making this an absolute essential as far as I am concerned. As good a British pop album as The Kinks , XTC or even The Beatles ever released. Yeah...its right up there. Consider yourself privileged to hear it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Privilege by Television Personalities
Buy MP3 Album£7.99
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews