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This review is from: A Heavy Night With (Audio CD)
Bought this CD out of curiosity (in the absence of Pulp or Jarvis Cocker material)....
I'd heard of Relaxed Muscle some years back after seeing clips of videos of a certain Darren Spooner dancing on stage in a skeleton suit in what I think was a working man's club. If you are a fan of something a little bit different or strangely artistic/underground and have a varied musical taste then this might be for you. A lot of the songs are quite dark lyricaly and although in general they are well sung I was still left a little bit scratching my head. There was only a few sample lyrics provided on the cover for each song on the CD I bought, which can make it a puzzel to piece together some of the words sung (always feels better and hopefully right when you realise what you should be singing, instead of what you were singing). I sometimes wonder if this is done deliberately for effect to make listening more interesting and rewarding..? There's a mixture of styles delivered here, forging electronic with heavy guitar riffs and blending rock and roll with rap, there's even moments of 80s punkish guitar intros (reminding me of the Mac Lads) and a melodic keyboard solo. A touch of slow sombre blues and some brilliant guitar strumming rounds off what is for me is a good record, I found it to be serious and concerning yet amusing, humerous and addictive listening, with a good degree of longevity before your moving it from the glove compartment and back to the hifi... Memorable moments include the dog howling on Beastmaster and the stark in your face lyrics through out which swung from being disturbing to funny or motivating.
It says ' Made in Doncaster ' on the inside cover and although it perhaps reflects the thoughts of certain cultures local to the area I feel that it has wider appeal. On a negative note I wonder if some of the songs could have een produced better as some of the notes sung appear to be either wrong or in the wrong key, although I'm no musical expert and this again may have been done for effect. To sum it up - if I lost this CD, I'd buy it again...