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Machismo is Gomez at their best,
By A Customer
This review is from: Machismo (Audio CD)
Machismo shows Gomez extending their creative talent again. The title track is based around a sample from an American TV show, and Gomez weave this unlikely source into an excellent track that shows Gomez at something like their best. The remaining tracks only serve to heighten that impression. Do's and Don'ts may not be everyones cup of tea but it's pretty short, and in my opinion, sweet. Our second helping of sugar is the magnificent Touchin' Up. This track uses with panash the marvalous medicine that is Ben and strings, just like We Haven't Turned Around, and some would say it even surpasses it. Next up is Waster. This really isn't my type of Gomez, I like it but it made me hesitate when I put the 'Gomez at their best' bit at the top. Aftera bit of thought I left it up there as I know that quite a lot of people do like it. In some ways it's a lot more conventional than most Gomez tracks, just an funny sounding acoustic and an Ian(Tom) led vocal, but very different to most Gomez songs I know. Finally, the climax of this E.P - The Dajon Song! This 13 minute wonder is almost an instrumental, but not quite. Still not a song though. However, if you like Gomez and you are willing to listen for 13 minutes to a kalidascope of sounds (as I am) then dig this! Music I would liken it to is the Beatles awesome Tomorrow Never Knows, and Gomez' very own instrumental B-side: Gomez in a Bucket (A Sea-side Town of Ice Cream, Slowly Melting). Unusally for Gomez this is the one track on this LP that needs a bit of listening to enjoy it, despite this Machismo is a very accessable E.P. and a treat for hardended Gomez fans, and thier friends alike.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2010 19:20:49 BDT
Steve Taylor says:
Just purchased this CD and agree with your review (in fact it was reading your review which sealed the decision to go ahead and buy!). The Dajon Song in particular is my kind of music, and I wish they would do more of this type of stuff. It reminded me much of the long instrumental climax to Fairport Convention's 'A Sailor's Life' on the Unhalfbricking album.
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