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Retro but Contempory,
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This review is from: Tired Of Hanging Around (Audio CD)
I have played this a few times now, but it is still fresh and continues to grow on me, however the knockout tracks for me, are the two singles: 'Valerie' and 'Why don't you give me your love', plus 'Oh Stacey (look what you've done)' and 'I know I'll never leave', which vocally David McCabe really belts out. The Zutons have a retro sound, but with contempory lyrics. They're like a mix of: The Faces, Marc Bolan & T-Rex, and 'Ziggy Stardust' & 'Aladdin Sane' period Bowie, finished off with a Britpop sensibility, and Ska type saxophone playing courtesy of sax on legs - Abi Harding, who is an awesome sax player, and if it were 1979/1980, she would probably be in a Ska band like The Bodysnatchers. The song that really blew me away the most, out of all the songs that I mentioned, was 'Oh Stacey (look what you've done)'. The breezy saxophone playing, combined with it's uplifting tune, is very deceptive, because lyrically it is a very tragic tale about a daughter stressing out her dad to the point where the stress kills him, and then she drinks her inheritence money to cope with what she's done. We have a great British tradition of writing tragic lyrics disguised in upbeat commercial sounding songs. Buy it!