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on 15 May 2003
If you like Bjork, but [inexplicably] find the Sugarcubes leave you cold, then this album may not be for you.
Imagine a darker, bass and drum driven Sugarcubes, with little of the commercialism but ample eccentricity of the band which most of KUKL, including Bjork, would later form. We are taken on a whistle stop tour of Europe, courtesy of a sampled Icelandair hostess, the songs [named after countries/cities] almost seamlessly merging in to one another.
There's nothing instant to latch onto, but it does grow very quickly, mainly due to the resonant bass and intricate drum patterns, other instruments flitting here and there over the top. Bjork is on top form, but this is a younger Bjork, her energy and forcefulness matched by the music.
It's not all good news. Side one [of the old LP I bought in the mid '80's] is strong, and in truth I would buy it for that alone. The latter tracks are probably weaker. I tend to play the first four, then change the CD.
KUKL's first effort, 'The Eye' has two or three outstanding individual tracks, but 'Holidays in Europe' is the more consistent offering, perhaps not surprising given that it is basically an alternative concept album.
So, if you are a fan of the Sugarcubes, I'd definitely recommend 'Holidays in Europe'. You'll probably notice the similarities, but bear in mind that there's really nothing I've heard which truly sounds like this.
...and if you haven't discovered the Sugarcubes yet, I couldn't recommend their first two albums highly enough - Brilliant!
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