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Hoosiers - Trick To Life - Cd
If The Feelings slick high-crime pilfering of 70s AOR is missing anything in particular--and they do run a tight operation--then its a bit of throttle, a hint of recklessness, if thats not too much of a contradiction in terms. Enter London-based trio The Hoosiers, who pogo like un-caged kids on Saturday morning TV hooked up to McFlurry drips, dancing to Twelve Stops and Home on fast-forward like everythings quite normal. Or at least they do for much of the time-"Clinging on for Life" for instance sidles off into an unusually mellow Nick Drake lay-by. But for the most part The Trick to Life is the work of Electric Light Orchestra and Supertramp half-inched, shaken up and handed to McFly to pop the cork. There is much that feels near-plagiarised. "Goodbye Mr A" has more than a little of ELOs signature "Mr Blue Sky" to it, "Worried About Ray" recalls The Turtles "Happy Together" and "Cops and Robbers" isnt even remotely coy about stealing wholesale from a tune as iconic as The Cures unmistakable "The Lovecats". And coming a little closer to home, "Run Rabbit Run" sees singer Irwin Sparkes unfurl a soprano tailor-made for a close impersonation of dreamy indie-poppers The Delays. But if none of that bothers you (or even if it does) The Hoosiers have a super-charged barrel of sugar rushes here that are dangerously immediate and difficult to ignore, sweet tooth or no sweet tooth. --James BerrySee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
If you want tracks, that make you cry for hours, or ones you will remember for eternity, go and search for Elton John or something. But if you are willing to give this a chance, you like happy music which is a bit different, then you are in the right place.
Not since my first hearing of my very first Snow Patrol album have I been So Impressed ... The singles are great, that true, they're what brought me to buy this album, but the other tracks All have Something going for them ...
Some are a little 'wacky' while others, like 'Sadness Runs Through Him' are amazingly 'deep' and have lyrics which catch you up and pull you in.
Best album in Ages.
The two released singles (Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr. A) are both stand out tracks and are just great catchy pop songs. Album tracks such as Worst Case Scenario and Cops and Robbers along with the 2 singles demonstrate this new bands ability to produce uptempo and enjoyable music to lsiten to.
The band has a nice sound instrumentally and vocalist Irwin Sparkes has a voice which sounds great accompanied with the upbeat backing tracks. However he also shows a softer vocal approach on A Sadness Runs Though Him, Clinging On For Life and Money to Be Made - songs which mixed with the more upbeat offerings make for a enjoyable first album - I love it!
These guys do what they do well with echoes and influences from past sounds lyrics and beats - no crime in that.
They don't take themselves too seriously and seem to have an honest approach to their music.
The album has a good variety of entertaining and catchy tracks - great to listen to in the car (or whilst cleaning!).
It's an album which lifted my spirists and got me singing, toe tapping and air drumming (not whilst driving!) in quite an embarrassing fashion - great fun!
On first play, I was very pleasantly surprised. It was instant enjoyment - it hit home straight away. Their sound is like a cross between the Feeling and the Kooks or ELO and 10cc (depending on the decade) and has a lot of bouncy keyboard and bass playing on it, with plenty of hooks and melodies to enjoy. There are also more quirky influences on this, such as: The Cure and Sparks. So far, apart from the first two singles (including 'Worried About Ray'), I'm really enjoying 'Worst Case Scenario', 'Run Rabbit Run' and 'Cops And Robbers', but no doubt over time I'll have more favourites.
So to sum up, this is utterly charming stuff, that does exactly what it says on the tin, and judging by this album's healthy dose of infectious pop, there's definitely no need to worry about Ray anymore.
It could be argued that The Hoosiers cross a fine line between influence and wholesale borrowing of melodies/chord structures/sounds from different classic songs. The infectious 'Worried About Ray' borrows heavily from the verse of The Turtles' 'Happy Together', the energy-packed, bouncy, melodic 'Goodbye Mr. A' brings back more than echoes of E.L.O.'s 'Mr. Blue Sky' and, perhaps most unsubtle of all, 'Cops And Robbers' is very reminiscent of The Cure's 'Love Cats'. Perhaps that's why I like this album so much - they wear their influences on their sleeve and the music itself is very pleasing to the ears and the soul.
Not all of their very listenable debut is gold and they're probably at least three excellent songs short of replicating the success of The Feeling's monster hit album last year, but it is, without doubt, great to hear a band making such feelgood, pure pop/rock tracks which could probably appeal to music lovers of all ages and, of course, any album that has a handful of songs which can make a smile break out across your face is worth recognition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived perfectly wrapped up, disc was new and clean, listening to this while I type and it's wonderful!Published 5 months ago by Elyok
Great album - bought it having seen them live at a free gig in Banbury last weekend. Am now after some more of their stuff.Published 9 months ago by E Plowman
You all remember when this band was the s@*t. Definitely their best album and its a much buy for anyone with a brain.Published 14 months ago by Michael Gibbs
This album doesn't get old, I would never consider myself a huge Hoosier fan yet find myself listening more than I care to admit. Catchy tunes and a good pick-me-up attitude.Published 21 months ago by Ms. Elspeth Rose