on 28 April 2004
The New Fads (New Fast Automatic Daffodils)
re: 1993's sublime 15track gem 'Body Exit Mind'
What can you say about this album?? At fist glance, a '15-tracker' beg'sthe question : "How many album fillers??"
Even on 1st listen, the answer is obviously "NONE"
From 1:Bong - intruducing the album with a groove you CANNOT sit still to- to 15: (the near-title track) Exit Body, Exit Mind - closing with asoperifically beautiful dreamscape as parenthetic end to the final 'Song'- 14:Music.
In saying 'no album filler' - there is a strength lent tothe fisrt half of the album, which has the all important instantaccessability element, which grabs you and leads you to love the album asa whole.
As far as personal taste goes, this album, I would aim at fans of theold 'Wedding present','Ned's Atomic Dustbin','Stone Roses' indie era. Onlooking through my CD collection for bands to liken to, I failedmiserably, realising the band's unique sound - of fantasticallysturdy,groovey and uncluttered rhythm section (including superb use ofextra percussion) with well-layered distorted and to the point guitar workwith amazing feel in both groovey rhythm, and contrapuntal melodic lines. This canvas is topped of by a half-spoken 'don't give a fornication'attitude, and WONDERFULLY cynical and deeply poetic vocal. though melodic,the point of the voice is lyrical, and especially rhthmic. To summarise -A fantistic blend of simple and VERY effective instrumentation.
Thetracks to attract you immidiately to this album are 3:Stockholm, 1:Bong,4:I Take you to Sleep 2:.... well - I'll end up recommending the entirefirst half of this disc.
Though I cannot liken the New Fads to another band, here are some otherfavourite bands of mine : David Bowie, David Byrne (and Talking Heads),The Coral, Bob Dylan, Eels, Elbow, Nirvana, Hives, Muse, Pearl Jam, R.E.M,Radiohead, Strokes, Violent Femmes, and of course... Nick Cave.
This is New Fads at their Very Best!!!! with lyrics such as "Youincrease my shelf-life. This summer's price is the best one yet. LastWinter I was the new-range in, but fashions change - so rearrange myspace. I'll bring home the bacon for ya. It's not what y'Know, it's who y'Know.... I could get a good job if I tried, but what's the point. Whilebordom add's to deadly sins while bargain bins like these keep comingin... keep coming in... It's not what y' know! "....
"I must be drunk,I feel unsteady, aahh, You must be old, so take it easy, aahh. I must becold, my feet already are. You'll soon be dust - your deeds already are....walk back into it... Stockholm.. ..Wicked.. ..Barely, barely, aaahh -SLUT! I love to feel the food in my gut's 'n' the fat in my vien's - Ilike to feel the food in my guts. You'll soon be dust - your deedsalready are.... Wicked! Wicked..."
Sorry if I get carried away...This is a special album. If you have 'good' music taste... buy it.
"It was the 'good book' - it was clear as mud. Written bold in gold onhuman skin - said "ignorance is bliss" - it was the 'good book' it was -clear as mud - it was the 'good book' it was - ...take your pick."
Seriously.... BUY IT!!!! "....take your pick."