- Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Cooking Vinyl
- ASIN: B00002479F
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,138 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Va Va Voom CD
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Recruiting then girlfriend Sally Murrell on vocals and keyboards, along with a host of other musicians, Gedge set about re-inventing his music. What emerged was this - lush, symphonic pop, gorgeously arranged and performed. Heck, Gedge even seems to have had some singing lessons to try and improve his grizzly drone.
Sonically, 'Va Va Voom' is the most mellow, acoustic album of Gedge's career. But it still packs a punch. His trademark bitter, spiteful lyrics about love, revenge and heartbreak are still in place, given an added frisson by the contrast with the smoothness of the music. "I hate your lies, and those guys you call friends" he sings, to a gently lapping musical accompaniment.
The album opens with an hilarious answer phone message by someone who's just dumped our hapless Dave - "I did get your message/I just can't believe you're doing this/What is wrong with you?". Somehow, the American accent makes it even funnier.
'Kerry Kerry' is a jaunty pop song with soaring strings, 'Dance Girl Dance' a deliciously sweet romp.
And Gedge, the perennial loser in love, even seems to have found contentment with Murrell, judging by 'Barefoot In The Park' and 'You Turn Me On'. It wasn't to last.
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Va Va Voom was Cinerama's first album, and in my opinion, by far their best. The style is romantic indie-pop that combines elements of the 60s and the 80s. It is essential that Gedge is English, because this sort of aching yet very adult romanticism just wouldn't work for an American. Like Morrissey, Gedge uses his British accent to devastating effect, putting across lyrics that are equal parts passion and irony--not an easy thing to do!
Right from the opening lines, the game is on:
And when I made that stupid oath
About how I was going to
Pay for someone to kill you both
It was just my way of showing you
That I wasn't playing
Yeah, you're right I sounded like a maniac...
He never actually admits that he's a maniac, though, and it turns out that he just wants the girl to come back. The songs are mostly midtempo or uptempo, but the slow songs are just as bitter and comical. "Hate" is working in Morrissey's back yard by virtue of its title alone, and the lyrics do not disappoint. To the sound of acoustic guitars, brushed drums, and gently tapped marimbas, Gedge intones:
We're so wrong for each other
That it's hard for me to understand
How I ever wanted you for a lover
I hate your country, your continent and
I hate your lies, and the guys you call friends...
The musicianship and the production are a big part of the album's appeal. For starters, the drum sound is wonderful: full-bodied, but not overpowering. Strings, woodwinds, and various keyboards are expertly employed to flesh out the sound. Gedge's bandmate Sally Murrell provides backing vocals throughout, and Emma Pollock of the Delgadoes duets with Gedge on one of the album's standout tracks, "Ears," in which the humble narrator describes what it is like to hear his ex-girlfriend having sex with another man in the next room. This is Leonard Cohen territory, but in Gedge's hands this sort of material is as funny as it is sad. Every song on Va Va Voom hits its mark, and if the album has any flaw, it's that the two bonus tracks ("Love" and "Au Pair") make it a bit overlong at 47 minutes, even though they are also great songs.
Unfortunately, Cinerama's best days would not last long. They did put out a bunch of excellent singles, most of which can be found on the This Is Cinerama compilation, but within a couple of years Sally Murrell's influence would fade and producer Steve Albini would be brought in, introducing a soft/loud aesthetic and buzz saw guitars that did not suit the songs. From there, it was only a matter of time until Cinerama morphed back into the Wedding Present. But it was a good run while it lasted. One pop masterpiece is more than enough for most bands.
Nothing wrong with that. And nothing wrong with Va Va Voom having light orchestration like Love's Forever Changes. Yet the band maintain and open, clean sound, derived from if not sounding like the Byrds.
Nothing wrong with that, either. Nothing wrong at all with Cinerama. And nothing wrong with Va Va Voom.
I sat and listened to this chamber folk rock 60sThingamajig for a while, trying to figure out who they reminded me of most, and then it hit me: Cinerama remind me of all these bands, and none of them.
Actually, they remind me more of Belle and Sabastian, Eric Matthew's, Richard Davies, countless people who have taken the higher elements of 1960s orchestral rock and ran past the goal line with it.
All the elements of music like this were cultivated back when, but it took smart bands like Cinerama thirty or so years to take all these amazing 1960s musicians, all these amazing 1960s directions, and glue them all together. Chamber pop is not a totally new invention, but if you aged Pet Sounds Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Forever Changes until 60s babies were having 90s babies, then stewed them all in a pot, you would get music like Va Va Voom
And there is nothing wrong with that, either