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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Recently all over the airways and TV as one half of the acclaimed cricket loving duo The Duckworth Lewis Method (alongside Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon) this is Thomas Walsh's 'day job'. His band Pugwash have been crafting finely honed slices of Beatley/Beachboys goodness for nearly a decade now, but have yet to build their audience outside of Walsh's native Ireland.
Giddy cherry picks favourite tracks from the bands four albums to date and is released on Andy Partridge's (XTC) APE record label at the end of September. Previously only available as pricey imports the APE deal means that the rest of the world can finally catch up with Walsh and friends terrific music.
Think late period Beatles, Pet Sounds era Beachboys and XTC circa Oranges and Lemons/Skylarking and you won't go far wrong. Swirling opener 'Apples', the bouncy 'Nice To Be Nice' and 'Anyone Who Asks' are hook filled slices of prime jangle pop/rock whilst Noel Gallagher would kill to pen classic ballad 'The Finer Things In Life'.
But it's the quieter moments that really show off the songwriting class on show - 'Season Of Flowers & Leaves', 'Sunrise Sunset' and the wonderfully wry 'My Genius' offer more melody, erudite lyrics and fully realised arrangements than the likes of Oasis have managed in 15 years.
Add to the pop pot lashings of inventive vocal harmonies, humour, pathos, intelligence and giant choruses and you get the picture. Pugwash SHOULD be your new favourite band.

cw
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2009
Most of you will have never heard of PUGWASH. This album, their first album to be released in the UK is a revelation. Thomas Walsh, the band's singer songwriter, a self confessed Jeff Lynne, Beatle fan has conjured up 13 tunes here that can easily be regarded as classics in their own right. There are influences here, The Beatles, ELO The Beache boys, even an oasis feel to a few of the harder tunes, but Thomas is no slouch. This ain't the Rutles.The ballads are beautiful, melodic and dare i say, uplifting. Anchor is beautiful and sounds like a familiar classic, Apples is great bouncy pop,Black dog creeps up on you, cluster bomb is wonderful and....well buy it yourself. I GUARENTEE A SPLENDID TIME FOR ALL.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2009
I read about this album in one of the weekend paper reviews, so was tempted to buy it. I understood it is their debut album and what a lovely collection of music it is too. 'Giddy' really is as interesting as described. I like quirky and this is a lovely mix of instrumental and vocal harmonies with each track a little different in style from the other. I can hear traites of Beach Boys 'Smile', late Beatles and other musical influences, but put together, Giddy makes for an individual sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2009
I am being bowled over as I write! just received the album (thanx Amazon!) after hearing a track on The Word sampler last month and it's entirely wonderful.

Echoes and influences aside, the band have come with something original and catchy. I fear this will be one of those albums which will wriggle under your skin and turn you into a crusader, railing at how something accessible and innovative will get totally lost in the mix of indie-landfill and Cowellcrap saturating the airwaves.

And the Fun Prevention Officer thought I'd got over my fixation with all things Partridge. mwuhahahahaha
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Recently all over the airways and TV as one half of the acclaimed cricket loving duo The Duckworth Lewis Method (alongside Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon) this is Thomas Walsh's 'day job'. His band Pugwash have been crafting finely honed slices of ELO/Beatley/Beachboys goodness for nearly a decade now, but have yet to build their audience outside of Walsh's native Ireland.
Giddy cherry picks favourite tracks from the bands four albums to date and is released on Andy Partridge's (XTC) APE record label at the end of September. Previously only available as pricey imports the APE deal means that the rest of the world can finally catch up with Walsh and friends terrific music.
Think late period Beatles, Pet Sounds era Beachboys and XTC circa Oranges and Lemons/Skylarking and you won't go far wrong. Swirling opener 'Apples', the bouncy 'Nice To Be Nice' and 'Anyone Who Asks' are hook filled slices of prime jangle pop/rock whilst Noel Gallagher would kill to pen classic ballad 'The Finer Things In Life'.
But it's the quieter moments that really show off the songwriting class on show - 'Season Of Flowers & Leaves', 'Sunrise Sunset' and the wonderfully wry 'My Genius' offer more melody, erudite lyrics and fully realised arrangements than the likes of Oasis have managed in 15 years. They even pull off a Bonzo like rib tickler with the beautifully dumb 'Monorail'.
Add to the pop pot lashings of inventive vocal harmonies, humour, pathos, intelligence and giant choruses and you get the picture. Pugwash SHOULD be your new favourite band.

Get this if you love these - ELO, Beachboys, Kinks, Squeeze, XTC, The Feeling, Blur, Beatles and Crowded House.

Don't Get this if - You have no brains or ears.

cw
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2010
This is a great album, grabs you from the first play and keeps getting better. Hasn't been off my player since I bought it and I can imagine that I will still be listening to this in 20 years time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
I know this group since 4 weeks only, thank you to Neil Hannon ( aka Divine Comedy ). And it's a real pleasure !
With Thomas Walsh, the singer of Pugwash, Hannon just form "Duckworth Lewis Method" the jewel of this year.
That's why i bought "Giddy".
Is Pugwash as good as DLM ?
Definitively YES.
If you like Divine Comedy, High Llamas or ELO for example, Pugwash is for you. "Giddy" is a great best of 3 or 4 (?) very hard to find albums of this group. Buy it with confidence.
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on 6 October 2010
Pugwash came to my attention via Neil Hannon and The Duckworth Lewis method - I really liked Thomas Walsh's voice, and further investigation led me to 'Giddy' which is actually a compilation album, and as an introduction to the group, it's faultless - every track is a gem. Lush arrangements, beautiful melodies, entertaining and evocative lyrics - a little bit beach boys-y, 'Nice to be Nice'; a little bit beatle-y, 'Song for You', its all entirely captivating. Highly recommend it. The only tiny quibble I have concerns the extraordinary cd case which although lavishly designed is fiendishly difficult to get into - which as quibbles go isn't really that important!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I confess okay I had no idea who Thomas Walsh was until purchasing the brilliant The Duckworth Lewis Method album . On finding out he has his own band called Pugwash I thought ...oh, I wouldn't mind hearing them and then promptly forgot about it. Then with the sort of timing that spoke of fate ( but was probably more accurately sussed marketing ) out came this thirteen track compilation taken from their four albums to date.
So here I am listening to the album on a freezing cold January afternoon and it's making the world a nicer warmer more enjoyable place. Like any sane person I like nice, warm and enjoyable so fair to assume I really rate Pugwash . And I do . Except it's not quite as great as I thought it might be. But bear in mind I thought it would be stratospherically great. Maybe my expectations were elevated unrealistically by the exemplary DLM album but the kaleidoscopic pop extravaganza of my expectations never materialises .
Rather it's a vaguely psychedelic collection of breezy mid tempo pop songs that enclose a faint air of English whimsy ( even though the band are far bigger in the US and Ireland than they are in England ) and a love of symphonic pop which is apt a Thomas Walsh claims to have grown up on a steady diet of Beatles, Kinks, and ELO. The band use a plethora of exotic instruments ( including my favourite the Mellotron ) and also call in help from notables such as Nelson Bragg of The Brian Wilson Band and Andy Partridge ( whose "Ape Hose " label has released this album ) and Dave Gregory of XTC, Michael Penn, and Glen Tilbrook of Squeeze, among a host of others.
There are some terrific songs on here none the less .Whether it's the laconic joy of "Apples " , the measured melodious glory of "It's Nice To Be Nice " or the calculated clipped verse/chorus of "Monorail " there is plenty to luxuriate in on Giddy . "Two Wrongs " could have come off Sgt Pepper for it's psychotropic verve while "My Genius " has a flagrant music hall quality but not in a cheesy way. The way "Anyone Who Asks " descends into the churning heavy chorus chords is inspired .
So great stuff then , though like I mentioned earlier perhaps not quite as knuckle bitingly great as you might think. .But I've had my head turned by the DLM album and that is a work of portly pop genius. This album isn't in that class but it would still come highly recommended from me for it's barrage of pop wonders and cornucopia of instrumental textures ,They on their own are enough to make any music fan giddy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2009
Wow!! What an amazing album!! I stumbled across this by (happy) accident whilst investigating The Duckworth Lewis Method's album. I read up a little more about Thomas Walsh (Neil Hannon's writing partner) and discovered the joy that is Pugwash! Intrigued, I've just had a listen to the full album on Spotify - and was instantly hooked. So much so that I've literally just this minute purchased this album "Giddy" (which is essentially a "Best Of" compilation)!
Not a duff track on it, every song is a cracker!
Gorgeous, effortlessly beautiful and catchy songs, all exquisitely harmonious and wonderfully played.
Initially I thought the songs sounded reminiscent of XTC and Jellyfish (two of my favourite bands) but Pugwash essentially have a sound of their own.
Excellent top-quality music........ this album has just made my day! Thank you Mr. Walsh!

Go buy it. Highly recommended...
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