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Album of the year?,
This review is from: Happiness In Magazines (Audio CD)
You would not believe how incredibly difficult it is to try and avoid the obvious connections to Blur whilst reviewing this album. Coxon is really rather keen to put his past behind him but unfortunately his sound is so similar to that of his former band that it is amazingly tricky to avoid it. But Graham, I shall try my hardest.
Coxon's previous solo album releases have been somewhat bitty and hard to listen to at times. They have failed to live up to their expectations, not so much the earlier ones, and have sounded rather unfinished. But on this new release, his creative talents have really shone through. He has discovered a much rockier sound that the likes of Ben Kweller and Ryan Adams could only long to achieve. You have all probably heard the belting "Freakin' Out" already and that is possibly the best track on the album, but it does by no means outshine the rest of the tracks. The pounding opener of "Spectacular" provides a classic Brit Rock feel with a pounding bass line and a sharp, jumpy vocal that would not go a miss on anything that Oasis produced in their early days. "Girl Done Good" shows Coxon's experimental side coming out with a beautiful, White Stripes-esque, folk ballad that is probably the most unique track on the LP. "Bittersweet..." provides catchy riffs, "All Over Me" is a ballad that anyone would be proud to call their own, "People of the Earth"'s powerful message is something to seriously consider (People of the earth/You do not rock/You're nothing but a dirty frock) and "Hopeless Friend" with its 60s feel is a great dance along tune.
To be honest there are only a couple of disappointing tracks on the album that come nearer the end of the listing, "Bottom Bunk" and "Are You Ready". They are not bad at all but they lack in the originality that really make the rest of the tracks on the album come alive and provide something fresh. They do not detract from the album's beauty though and are only a small blemish on a wonderfully put together and intrguing album that is surely going to get an qually great reception from the rest of the media. Coxon has finally made his stamp on British music, and about bloody time!
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