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Solid round-up of Roddy Frame's best moments.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Best Of Aztec Camera (Audio CD)
Rather like the work of Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera's output is neither forward thinking nor particularly adventurous, just wide-eyed songs of love and other important things like that. Both bands are essentially also projects based around one artist; in Aztec Camera the main protagonist being Roddy Frame. Unlike Prefab Sprout though, Aztec Camera's albums have been patchy so it is welcome that a compilation exists such as this which cherry-picks from his career so far. From the early part of his career there are timeless, catchy gems such as 'Pillar To Post', 'Oblivious' and 'Walk Out To Winter' all written before he turned 20 and he would struggle to follow these up. Sensibly Frame decided to write more mature, reflective songs such as 'Somewhere In My Heart' and 'How Men Are'. 'Working In A Goldmine' is as good as any great white-soul single ever recorded whilst the doleful cover of Van Halen's 'Jump' is slowed down to the pace of an Elvis ballad and shows a wry sense of humour. Much of Frame's work sounds rather dull because of its unspectacular arrangements but thankfully this compilation is a more than adequate reminder that he could write genuinely affecting heartfelt songs.