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Insights into the world of Stephen Jones, the heart and mind of Babybird, have always happened upon a fascination with the dark side--transexuality, paedophilia, necrophilia and the kids who sniff glue behind the bike-sheds. So it's perverse that Bugged, Babybird's eighth offering, is a return to hearth and home--an album about family values. "I love my mum, and I love my dad" squawks Jones, on "The F-Word", "I wanna have all that they never had". Accordingly, Bugged jettisons Jones's more difficult musical experiments. The lumpen band has gone, with Jones returning to the studio alone--and it's an approach that turns out a number of dreamy, genial, hi-fidelity pop gems. "Getaway" comes in operatic wide-screen, replete with parping trumpets, while "Out Of Sight" comes with echoes of the laid back country of Embrace's "Hooligan". Bugged is Babybird's most ambitious, most consistent and most upbeat album. --Louis Pattison
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The F Word is a hypnotic first track that glides over you and makes you wonder what happened to perfect unmanufactured pop. From then on each track is a clear winner. Bugged is a great album to play alongside There's Something Going On. If you're having a bad day- load this into your CD player and if you wanna wallow in sadness and think about what's wrong with the world put on the latter!
This album should fly but in a world of Britney Spears, Westlife and Steps shifting more albums by the bucketload- of course it won't!
If you too are fed up with the Barbie and Kenifistation of pop, then buy Bugged and you will never think that music is dead again!
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Things were a little better with "There's Something Going On". That album's sinister tone may not be to everyone's taste, but at least there were some stunning standout tracks, and the sincerity was back.
Well, third time's the charm. I can only assume that Stephen Jones has finally worked out how to achieve exactly the sounds he wants in the context of an expensive studio, because "Bugged" is sheer delight from start to finish. Finally there's a Babybird album that reaches the level of greatness of the solo releases. The lyrics are smart without being contrived, the mood is upbeat without being saccharine.
My only doubt is whether the album will stand up to repeated listening. For now, I'm more than happy to research the answer to that tricky question.
It's shameful that Babybird remains practically unknown in the USA. Too smart for his own good perhaps? Still, that hasn't stopped XTC...
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