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I Was The King, I Really Was The King
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on 12 February 2001
Back to basics here with pure simple melodies and pleasant vocals. The lyrics are rich with humour and still raise a chuckle after repeated hearings. Hank Starrs' voice is reminiscent of Matt Johnson and Lloyd Cole, while the tunes themselves are too unique for easy comparison. Think of Pulp without the kitch. If you like The Divine Comedy, you'll love this album. On the other hand, I can't abide The Divine Comedy, but I adore anything Animals That Swim produce. Just go ahead and buy it - every home should have one!
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on 14 May 2001
Anglophobes beware! While not poncy like The Divine Comedy or The Monochrome Set, Animals That Swim are quintessentially English. Frontman (and drummer!), Hank Stars, has a thick London accent and his lyrics read like less-lurid (though no less humorous) Irvine Welsh short stories. Barely bothering to sing or rhyme, he paints vivid portraits of petty thieves ("The Greenhouse"), addicts looking for their next fix ("Kitkats and Vinegar") and other day-to-day goings-on in London's poorest neighborhoods. Yet, this isn't a depressing album. In fact it's quite romantic, in an odd sort of way and very funny. And catchy too. "Faded Glamour," "London Bridge," and "Dispatches from Lula" all have hooky choruses. You can probably find their first album, Workshy, in your local indie record store's used bin -- it's a good album, but I was the King, I Really was the King is a great one.
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