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Twin-disc trawl through the Boo's interesting career...,
This review is from: Find The Way Out, Anthology (Audio CD)
'Find the Way Out', as with the recent 'Juggernaut Rides' compilation of Swervedriver takes a double-disc to their prolific indie-output released in the 1990s. From the early material that followed in the slipstream of late 1980s guitar-noise (My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) - including material from the mythic 'Ichabod & I' and debut 'Everything's Alright Forever' & moving towards climes with songs like 'Spaniard' that transended the simplistic shoegazing tag.
The key material here comes from the point when they transcended peers like Chapterhouse & Slowdive with the eclectic double-album 'Giant Steps' - highlights from which include singles 'Lazarus', 'I Hang Suspended', 'Wish I Was Skinny' & 'Barney (...and me)', as well as the gorgeous 'Best Lose the Fear' & my favourite track from 'Giant Steps', 'I've Lost the Reason.' There are still plenty of tracks from 'Giant Steps' not here - 'Find the Way Out', 'Thinking of Ways', 'The White Noise Revisited' - and odd that something like 'Blues for George Michael' is picked over the sublime 'Touchdown Jesus' from the reissue of 'Lazarus'...
The second disc opens with their most famous moment, 'Wake Up Boo!', which is overplayed and overfamiliar but was quite gorgeous with 'Pet Sounds' aspirations at the time (here it's merged with the electronic instrumental 'Music for Astronauts'). I was never that convinced by the other pop-singles from 'Wake Up' - 'It's Lulu' and 'Find the Answer Within'- but at least the great melancholy of 'Reaching Out from Here' is present (sad that 'Wilder' didn't make the cut as well!). 'From the Bench at Belvidere' is a nostalgic pop-rush released as a one-off single finding a home here, and the material from 'C'mon Kids' is welcome - an album almost as great as 'Giant Steps' ('Everything is Sorrow' I'd have liked to see here...). The tile track & 'What's in the Box' put The Boos' back in that noisey guitar place they were earlier; though by 1998's 'Kingsize' most people had lost interest - that album may very well be unsung, though single 'Free Huey' sounds like Jesus Jones, so maybe not!
A reminder of how interesting non-corporate indie bands could be and one of the acts on Creation people appear to forget - much more than just 'Wake Up Boo!' anyway. Martin Carr's releases after under the Brave Captain-moniker is rewarding Lennon-in-Space stuff too - that no one bought!