With the arrival of this 13 strong band some of the naive could claim that they were jumping on the polyphonic bandwagon but to be honest the spree haven't had time to build a bandwagon big enough for people to jump on, especially one which can fit 30+ people on. The hidden cameras deliver much more than i expected to and have created one of the best albums of 2003 so far. Early Belle and Sabastian is the closest thing to what the cameras are about but don't dismiss them that quickly. The Highest points include "Ban Marriage", Animals of prey and smells like happiness but every track on this album is a beauty. -----------------------------*****------------------------------ Dave Mellor
I bought this CD on the strength of Ban Marriage and Boys of Melody and Iam NOT disappointed. All of the songs are fabulous...I don't remember thelast time I was so happy with a new CD. If you are in doubt, buy it!! Youwon't be disappointed. They have a great sound, if not groundbreaking atleast they have created a set of songs that just oooze quality, richness,and harmony. The sometimes graphic lyrics pose a sharp contrast to thebeauty of the music and you've just got to love it. =) Enjoy.
I just want to add to the accolades for this stupendous record. Mr Joel Gibb is a true genius and wants to share the glory of his world with us. Much has been made of his fetish of `water sports' and it must be said that if being pissed on makes you come up with music as effortlessly beautiful as this, then perhaps we should all give it a go.
There are only two tracks predominantly concerned with `water sports' and that is the opening `Golden Streams' and the closing `The man that I am with my man'. And it fair to say the melodies, harmonies and emotion do quite literally flow as like the aforementioned streams of gold.
After hearing this a mere twice I commented that there is not only not a single bad track (sorry about the double negative)but moreover there is not even a single bad note it is quite simply beautiful. That does not mean that the songs are all samey they all vary around the central theme of proclaiming a joyous celebration of who you are - and well done Mr Gibb for that. He uses a full choir, harps, violas, sleigh bells and the all essential hand claps on the smorgasbord of aural delight.
Stand out tracks are hard to say as they really are all that good from the disco anthemic style of `Ban Marriage to the laid back love ballad folksy `Shame'. That said track 6 is one that has stayed with me in a very good way indeed and that is `Day is dawning'.
The Japanese release has two extra tracks on it (`Heavy flow of evil' and `The Dying Galatian'), which is just ruddy unfair and brings me to my only criticism and that is that it is too short, I sometimes have played it back to back, so the two extra tracks would have been welcome. Can not rate highly enough and if you die without hearing this then you really have not lived.
The Hidden Cameras are bloody great! Ok, the lyrics are so gay that they border of hetro-phobia but the music is bloody marvellous! There isn't a bad song on the album and you'll be head nodding all the way to the end! Highlights have to be 'Animals of Prey' 'Boys of Melody' & 'Breath on it' Can't wait for a new album guys!