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Short & Sweet,
This review is from: FLASHY (Audio CD)
It's safe to say that Electric Six are my favourite band of recent years, and they're way more than the novelty band some fools wrote them off as in the wake of early hits like 'Danger! High Voltage' and 'Gay Bar'. While the clever and highly amusing lyrics have been a constant, their musical style has ranged all over the place, meaning you never know quite what to expect from a new Electric Six album.
"Flashy", their fifth album as Electric Six, has 13 tracks crammed into a mere 45 minutes - which should tip you off that these are likely to be 13 quickfire little doses of the bizarre, and no ballads. And you'd be right about that.
To be honest, I wasn't very impressed with my first listen-through. Unlike the previous albums, it didn't seem to have any leap-out instantly-cool tracks and if I'd been forced at gunpoint to review it right there and then I would've said that it sounded a lot like an album entirely composed of the kind of tracks I was less fond of on their previous albums - the 'okay' tracks that lie between all the other ones that I really like. It was similar to the way I felt about "Switzerland" when I first heard it - except that album had "There's Something Very Wrong With Us", and I knew instantly that I loved that one.
But this album is definitely what's called a "grower" - by the third spin you'll know your way around this one, and what initally sounds like a raucous wall of sound will have resolved itself into 13 distinct little gems. Not perfect gems, maybe, but shiny ones nonetheless.
"Gay Bar Part 2" is, far from being a reprise of their early hit, instead exactly what people who demand bands repeat themselves and continually produce more of the same deserve (!) "Witchy White Women" concerns teenage girls who want to be lesbian witches :-) "Flashy Man" grooves hard and needs to be a single. And bizarre air-crash love-story from beyond the grave "Transatlantic Flight" contains the touching chorus line "In the event of a water landing you can use my body as a flotation device" - truly, greater love hath no man - and any album with lyrics like that cannot possibly be bad :-)
Electric Six fans should obviously snap this up instantly - but be prepared to have to break it in a little before it supples up - and anyone else looking to try something clever and different should take a punt, especially at the asking price.