Stainless Style CD
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A collaborative effort with an off-the-wall theme: Stainless Style finds Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys and Los Angeles producer Boom Bip--aka Neon Neon--paying tribute to the life of maverick car manufacturer John DeLorean, designer of the vehicle you saw crossing the event horizon in Back to the Future. Sonically, then, were in the '80s, Boom Bip layering ticking drum machines and vintage synthesisers to craft a windswept backdrop of cold metal, sleek electronics and polished chrome. This is a pop record, too though: "I Told Her on Alderaan" is a gleaming tribute to the excesses of new romantic pop, from chugging verse to soaring chorus, while "Raquel", an opulent disco cut complete with one-finger keyboard melodies, details DeLoreans real-life romance with Raquel Welsh. While Rhys voice has never exactly been tailor-made for straining at the high notes, he handles the theme with the requisite mix of wit and pathos, and where the storyline demands, hes joined by guests including Har Mar Superstar and rappers Spank Rock and Yo Majesty, who whip "Sweat Shop" into lusty, booty-bumping electro. Converting DeLoreans life story into sound probably sounded like an idea as eccentric as its subject--but against all the odds, Stainless Style is a concept album that works. --Louis PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It's a concept album about the life of the carmaker John DeLorean (he of the famous Back to the Future car), but quite frankly the subject doesn't matter at all when the music is this good, and I triple-guarantee this album will put a smile on your face and add an extra step to your walk.
The opening track reminds me of early 80s bombast so much and if I could fill my living room with dry ice and lasers to accompany it I would at the drop of a hat. There's also a slight Deus Ex theme feel to it too which appeals greatly. Boxers should enter their chosen arena to this song! Extreme coolness awaits, surely.
And then you get slapped around the head with the staccato rhythm and a melody surely penned by angels: Dream Cars. You wouldn't think this next song was about a mere hunk of metal and plastic but something more elevated and important. I can't help but smile like a loon and dance in my chair upon hearing this song and for God's sake, it's only track two! This makes you realise that a lot of songs coming out now forget the essentials such as pacing and melody. This has it in spades and is such an uplifting song which leads me on to track three...
Oh God I want to leap out of my chair now and punch the sky, never mind kiss it! Such a simple beat, a nice guitar sound and subtle keyboards backtracking Gruff's singing and then we get the chorus and you can't help but be moved. It's a classic pop song in every regard and beautifully constructed. I almost expected it to finish with an explosion instead of fading out, but maybe that's just me.Read more ›
All gestures here are made with appropriate levels of 21st-century humour and irony intact. The synth of `Dream Cars', `I Told Her on Alderaan' and `Michael Douglas' are pure retro and unexpectedly the occasional inclusion of indie-pop (that you'd expect from Gruff Rhys) on `Steel Your Girl' and the slick production of Boom Bip on laugh-out-loud hip-hop tracks `Sweat Shop' and `Luxury Pool' suprisingly succeeds - but hey, unearthing unexpected classics is what enhancing your music collection is all about...
If you've followed SFA as long as I have and listened to some of their well-intended ideas not quite materialise over the last few years, then you'll revel in unearthing this fully-realised gem.
Patrick Bateman would undoubtedly approve, notch the volume up and cruise down the highway in an open top listening to this with a sarcastic smirk... ...what finer 80's tribute can there be? I recommend you don your old leather jacket, Ray Bans and Nike Airs, update your cassette player for something a little more contemporary and make the appropriate purchase.....
Painting by numbers is not necessarily a cheap concept. It all
depends upon who's applying the colour and in the hands of Hollon
and Rhys the brushes move deftly, confidently and with grace across
a complexly constructed canvas of 12 winningly wise compositions.
The album is a triumph of content over style. Musical references
are knowingly and lovingly integrated in material of memorable
lyrical and melodic power and originality.
By any measure these are great songs. Indeed, the 5 minutes of
pure pleasure that is 'Raquel' contains one of the best blasts
of pure pop sensibility that you are likely to hear this year.
The meltingly glorious Beach Boys harmonies of 'Steel Your Girl'
wrap around like warm cashmere. The rapterludes in 'Trick for
Treat' and 'Sweat Shop' are laugh-out-loud hilarious.
This project will make you feel like a kid with a new toy that
you just can't put down.Well done guys. What does it feel like
to have a fully formed hardcore hit on your hands ?
Get this now, ah go on....
For me, Stainless Steel's only redeeming factor is the Cate Le Bon-fronted "I Lust You". I could quite happily listen to an entire LP's worth of melodic beuaties like that one.
Perhaps the new Neon Neon LP will be a little more impressive?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
away from the main tracks Raquel and I Lust U it's a weak album. Nice concept but...Published on 10 July 2014 by Anonymous
Great album. Only downside with having CDs delivered in the post is that the inside raised pieces of plastic that hold the disc in place inside the CD casing always seems to break!Published on 19 May 2014 by simon paul tilley
"Stainless Stye" by Neon Neon is a bold song collection that contains music touching on various aspects of seduction and relationships. Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by marriedmoneywizardintraining
A collaboration between Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys and producer Boom Bip, this album tells the story of the rise and fall of John Delorean (the northern Irish... Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Benjamin J. Hoyle
Great album. Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip are a marriage made in heaven. They even make Har Mar Superstar very cool. If you have an open mind get this album.Published on 4 April 2009 by M. J.
This is an album that will obviously appeal to SFA fans, probably more than Boom Bip. There are some great songs here with top drawer melodies and a definite 80's poly synth sound... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2009 by mega munch
I bought this after reading glowing reviews of it. What a disappointment! It just sounds like an average-to-good recreation of 80s synth pop with a bit of hiphop thrown in. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2009 by D. G. Kennedy
I happened upon Neon Neon on youtube one day and as soon as I realised that Gruff Rhys was involved, I bought the album and, while it certainly is unlike any SFA album, it stands... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2008 by Ms. J. Kelly