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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000252VS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Boo Radleys - Kingsize

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"Genius" is a word as over-used as "exclusive" and "quality", but in the Boo Radleys' case, the relatively untouched plaudit of "Really very talented" would still be way short of the mark. By the time King Size came out, Chief Boo Martin Carr had been obsessing on the Beatles and knocking out triumphal mini-symphonies for nearly 10 years, and he still hadn't run out of ways to make a song explode halfway through. Check out "Monuments For A Dead Century" here; three songs in one and each capable of monkeying with your actual soul. He'd just got married, so you'll excuse the giddy abandon with which the word "love" is chucked around--you will when you hear the frankly gorgeous chorus of "Eurostar", anyway; or the woozy harmonies of the title track. Genius, genius, genius--still a word not over-used where the Boo Radleys are concerned. --Caitlin Moran

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I had only really been previously aware of the Boo Radleys due to Wake up Boo! and a good friend and singer in my one-time band tipped me off about this album. It has now gone on the win the acolade of my 'favourite album' and I quite simply never tire of hearing it.
I beleive the trio of Kingsize, High as Monkeys and Eurostar are unrivaled as the heart of any album, for sheer beauty and showing a band's quality. These three alone make it an essential purchase, but don't think the other songs are any weaker for them, Comb Your Hair flows along effortlessly, with melodies and emotion lesser bands would kill for, the opener Blue Room in Archway, is joyously experimental, harking back to Giant Steps and the slower songs such as She Is Everywhere and Song From The Blue Room have a grace and intimacy unmatched in modern music.
Having subsequently bought all the band's albums, only the afore-mentioned Giant Steps comes close and the others have suffered unfortunately in the shadow of Kingsize and rarely graced my CD player. If rumours are to be beleived and the lack of success for this album was partly to blame for the band's split, then shame on the record buyers out there for denying us a follow-up
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This is the kind of album that you always knew the Boo Radleys could come up with, but were afraid they never would before they split. Both a fusion of their pop style from 'Wake Up!' and their spaced-out weirdness on 'C'mon Kids' and a progression from both albums, it's packed with simple, brilliant tunes. Check out 'Kingsize' for rousing anthemic happiness; 'She Is Everywhere' for subtle paranoia; or 'Jimmy Webb Is God' for affecting tribute. Whatever emotion you need, it's certain to be on this one glorious album, packaged by a band whose creativity was criminally under-recognised by the majority of music lovers.
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Martin Carr, Simon "Sice" Rowbottom, Tim Brown and Rob Ceika had released four albums without capturing the public attention. These four albums show a marked progression towards the creation of "perfect pop" and on their fifth album they seemed to have done it. Mention the Boo Radleys to your average joe and he could easily sing you the chorus of "Wake Up". At last it seemed the Boo's were ready to rescue a pop market that was dying fast and they had set themselves up for world domination. Then came "C'mon Kids" which although strong in places was certainly not perfect pop and served to diminish the Boo's new fanbase. It may seem a bit much to give a band's history when describing just one album but this is neccesary to truly understand what went into what turned out to be the bands final album. Perfect pop. The songs are the strongest of the bands career, Sice finally perfects his incredible vocal technique, the rhythm section gel perfectly and Martin Carr's guitar playing leaps from frail (Blue Room In Archway) to bruising (Free Huey) seamlessly. When I listen to this album I know it's the greatest record ever made. If the world had been listening as they were in 1996 this album would have revolutionised. As it is, it remains unknown, a reward for those who kept faith in a band capable of so much. If the album doesn't move you to tears then you are not listening hard enough. I know that lots of reviews say that you must own a record and I won't be so brash. You are simply not a complete individual if you don't.
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Having a penchant for British pop music, I have to say The Boo Radleys is a fine example of that sound I am so fond of. "Heaven's At the Bottom of This Glass" is a perfect execution of their style. Yeah, they do sound a bit Beatlesesque, or like a less pissed off Oasis, but they still sound cool. And for anyone interested in the sounds of some lesser known, interesting American pop/rock bands, try gigolo aunts and splender.
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