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WARNING: This isn't by the 'Residue' Hefner. Thank God...,
By A Customer
This review is from: We Love The City (Audio CD)
The main theme is London. And, according to lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Darren Hayman, the secondary themes are 'shoes and having sex on the floor'. It's certainly not your average concept LP, then. But, for Hefner, the introduction of a brass section, and female backing vocals (provided by Amelia Fletcher of Talluah Gosh, Heavenly and Marine Research) for this record was enough of a departure. And why not? Hefner have always had the knack for a catchy folk song. In the main, this record maintains that.
The title song and top 50 'hit' Good Fruit are amongst the best songs the band have ever recorded, and on these numbers the sharper production of We Love The City seems most comfortably used. Latest single The Greedy Ugly People and Painting And Kissing meanwhile deviate little from the classic Hefner blueprint, and in this much are also effective. Whilst She Can't Sleep No More, and The Day Thatcher Dies wobble dangerously close to Blur circa '96, the later repleat with the embarrassing inclusion of children singing (when has a song ever been improved by such a thing? ) the record just about survives it's weaker second half with dignity in tact. Helped admirably by delicate closing number Your Head To Your Toes, one of three out and out love songs on the album.
It's probably not as good as the first two LPs, with the marvellous juxtapostion of sexual and religious imagery of earlier times disapointly absent here, but it's still music to fall in love with, if you're as guilty as Darren is of being 'in love with being in love'. Kick of your shoes and enjoy...