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They Shouldn't Be Doing This,
This review is from: Laughing Suns (Audio CD)
The Solarflares are old. You can see it in their faces. Anyone familiar with the band knows it emerged from reunited core of The Prisoners, who were at their zenith more than 20 years ago. Gentlemen of this age usually (re)discover bossa nova and begin writing melancholy songs reflective of mellower times. This quartet looked their mid-life crisis square in the eye, popped a handful of amphetamines, and smacked it in the face with their guitars. 'Laughing Suns' is a 42 minute maxmimum speed tear through classic, hooky garage power pop, from the opening "Dragging You Down" to the closing "Chatham Town." The record dodges one-dimensionality with the horn-driven instrumental "Moonshine of Your Love," which sounds like early JTQ, while the sitar melody and floating harmonies of "Tender Minds" echoes great psych-pop of old. 'Laughing Suns' gives one hope that Paul Weller would assemble Steve White, Dan Minchella, Mick Talbot and the two blokes who played horns on 'The Gift,' reconnect with his inner 20-year-old, and craft a great British power-pop record.
Men of this age shouldn't be making records like this ... but we're most thankful they are.
If you like The Prisoners, The Creation, John's Children, and the enitre Nuggets II box set, pick this up.