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The "best of" from the band who peaked just a tad too early,
This review is from: Left Hand Band-Best of (Audio CD)
The term under-rated is frequently used and it describes music or any other creative art which fails to live up to its potential or to ignite the imagination of the listening public but which is a sublime example of the medium or the genre. This band is by this definition most definitely under-rated as is this album. It is a collection of the best tracks offered by the band whilst they were signed to Food records, the same label from whence sprang Jesus Jones and the slightly more well known Blur.
DPW and John Butler in particular whose song writing is thoughtful, emotional and touching are supreme exponents of their musical style. The music is delightfully multi layered and rich. The influence of The Byrds and Moby Grape are clear and if you close your eyes when listening to the band the sound of the West Coast of America floods in and engulfs you. This coupled with the great production and the simply sublime vocals of Mr.Butler make this "best of" a must have for the discerning music fan.
This album offers a good introduction to DPW as not only does it offer some of their more succesful numbers such as The Boy On Top Of The News, All The Myths On Sunday and Fall To Love it also offers a glimpse of the lesser known tracks, B-sides and experimental stuff off the album "Flipped"
Despite having two of the ingredients for success (talent and a great batch of music) the last remaining requirement:-luck, eluded the band. Whereas Jesus Jones went on to some success and Blur became a phenomenon, DPW failed to gain the recognition they deserved and it was simply because they came along about five years too soon. Had they first recorded the songs on this album from 1994-1998, the world would not be recalling the Oasis Vs Blur battle of the bands of the mid 90s, it would be recalling the Blur Vs Oasis Vs Diesel Park West battle of the bands and this would have made the outcome of the battle even more uncertain.