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Do Me Not Bad Things
on 23 January 2015
I first bought this album following a couple of reviews that has compared Do Me Bad Things to the Scissor Sisters. The album came home, went in the stereo for a couple of plays and was relegated to the CD rack while I returned to playing the Scissor Sisters album. As far as I could hear, the comparisons were unearned. It was only later I realised that it was only a comparison of style, with the 9 piece band from Croydon only sharing the Scissor Sisters flamboyance, rather than their musical influences.
However, just recently looking for something to put on the stereo, the album came back from the shelf. This time, I was hooked straight away and the album has been on constant play ever since. I suspect that because I'm not looking for something akin to the Scissor Sisters to play, I've been more open minded to "Yes!" and was able to listen to the album as a Do Me Bad Things album, rather than as something I'd prefer it to be.
It's virtually impossible to classify an album like this. There are influences from all over the place, from pop through hard and soft rock, into quite soulful and funky music in parts. Whilst the influences are by no means unique, the combination of so many of them into just a single song certainly is.
This is an album you need to approach with an open mind. It's not like anything you've ever heard before yet, at the same time, there are parts of almost everything you'll have heard before in here somewhere. But if you go in expecting to be able to compare Do Me Bad Things to any single artiste, you'll be narrowing your expectations and be disappointed. If you come in with a broader view, it's likely the album will delight, in part if not as a whole. I believe this is why my first opinion and my later thoughts on the album differed so greatly.
Sure, it's far from a perfect album. Vocally, it mostly superb and it's not bad musically, either. The problem is that it too often feels like clashing ideas have been forced together and so very few of the songs work as songs, even if the individual parts are quite impressive. There is also the problem of having a 49 minute album with only ten tracks, as it means that some of them are a little overlong and do outstay any welcome you may decide to give them.
This really is an album for someone who isn't afraid to experiment with what they listen to, isn't afraid to try something new and is prepared to be open minded. It's not an instant classic to my ears, but there are some songs that, once they catch you just right, could be listened to for years to come.
If you're a fan of a lot of types of music and always open to new sounds, this could be the ideal album for you. If you're set in your ways and just listen to what you like, this almost certainly won't be. I like to consider myself among the first type of people and so, whilst this will never go down as one of my favourite albums of all time, it's certainly something I enjoyed listening to and will continue to.
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