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Real Estate is Dodgy's fourth studio album and first without singer Nigel Clarke. Britpop's most Breakfast Show-friendly combo, Dodgy were always a great way to start the day, toe-tapping tunes like the unremittingly cheerful "Good Enough" and "Staying out for the Summer" inspiring the hungover to leap forth from the duvet and rip open the curtains with a zest for life. And then, in 1998, when Nigel departed for a solo career, no label would touch them and it seemed the sun wouldn't be shining for Dodgy anymore. Wrong. Newly swelled to a five-piece fronted by gravel-voiced David Bassett, Dodgy's latest studio album arrives bankrolled by the band's fanbase, who stumped up the cash for the album's entire recording budget. And even if the record doesn't sell a bean, those fans have been paid back with interest. Dodgy may have lost some of that boyish twinkle, but when faced with such maturely competent fare as the melodic white-soul of "I Need a Little Lifting", The Faces bar-room rock of "Vision" and new classic "Rag Doll" (played like a depressed version of Madness) it's hard to grumble about the "good old days". The albums' only blot is the experimental and thoroughly ridiculous "You Shouldn't Wear Shorts--a sort of Madchester version of the Bonzo Dog Band peforming Blur's Parklife--which well and truly catches Dodgy with their trousers down. --Kevin Maidment
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My previous favourite Dodgy album was <b>'Homegrown'</b> the more rockier stuff with 'Staying Out For The summer' and 'Grassman' being my favourite tracks, and this definitely has echoes of that. The main difference is that they now have a new singer but in all honesty it is the songs not the voice that really mark this album out. Tracks like 'Come To Bed', 'We All Need a Little Lifting' and 'Rag Doll' are all standouts but my favourite at the moment is 'Feel Good' which has more of an acoustic feel.
I've only had this album two days but it has really grown on me. When I played it to my mate Tony he said that he had read somewhere that the singer sounded like Rod Stewart - In fact his voice varies on different tracks, sometimes sounding like The Stereophonics and sometimes yes like Rod Stewart but that is why I came here to Amazon because a couple of years ago someone gave me a copy of 'Gasoline Alley' by Rod Stewart and it was great, honest. Anyway I lost my copy so was looking for it here.
But back to Dodgy and they really deserve a lot of credit, especially when you read ther sleeve notes and realise that there has also been some fan type thing where they have given money to make the album. How did they do that? Definitely 4 stars and in a couple of days time it might even get up to the five I might give Super Furries.
all the songs have a kind of cheeky blur:parklife quality to them, and are lyrically amazing.
it just gets better with every listen.
i love the old lineup, and saying this sounds nothing like the past 3 albums sounds like a diss, but it's just another work of brilliance. possibly even the best. should have maybe been released under a new band name as it's totally dif, but having said that, i doubt i would have bought it if so.
trackwise, every track is brilliant (maybe the the last track is touch weak). i could see why radio 2 dodgy fans might skip past Shouldn't Wear Shorts, but i like it. if you read 'streets meets parklife', then yeah i agree to a point, but that would put me off so don't listen too much to it.
part of the thrill of loving this album so much is that it's a real gem, and it feels like it's yours. you wanna spread the word, but at the same time you like that it's a nugget of gold in yours, and not many others' cd collections. get it while you can still find a copy on the second hand market, cos the more people that hear it, the fewer people that will want to part with it.
In the end, I'd have to say that this is one of the many albums that make me think..."Why wasn't this huge?".