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5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently brilliant: the Bluetones!, 9 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Bluetones (Audio CD)
Now, any of you who have caught wind of Mark Morriss' and the boys return, where have you been?? In between this eponomyous collection and memorable debut 'Expecting to Fly', we've had classic standalone single 'Marblehead Johnson', the blinding hook-heavy 'Return to the last chance saloon', the suave and harmonic 'Science and Nature', and the stripped down rockathon with 't'tones charm blended in that is 'Luxembourg'. All contain truly ace tunes that you just cant get out of your head. Magnetic frontman, (now rhythm guitarist too)Mark Morriss, is a poet and a tunesmith, with meaningful lyrics. 'The Bluetones' has been hailed as the new 'Expecting to fly', and with britbeat-escq beasts like 'Fade in/Fade out, 'Wasnt i right about you' and 'thank you, not today', ETF producer Hugh Jones has recaptured the magic of when they burst on to the scene like it's 1996 all over again: When the charts were pleasurablle to listen to and heartfelt Brits like The Bluetones, Oasis, Shed 7 and Suede ruled the indie roost. But this new collection showcases the bands, (in particular Mark Morriss' with side project 'Fi-Lo Beddow'),development into dreamy and razor-sharp indiefolk, kicked off by 'Science and Nature's' 'Slack Jaw'. The singers consistent acoustic undertone gives the songs depth that emerges after a few listenings. The Highlights include the debut single: A surefire pop anthem played on Channel 4's Album chart show 'My Neighbours House', which deserves major attention and has more hooks than a cloakroom. 'Baby, back up' and 'Head on a spike' use the catchy rock template of 'Luxembourg' and combine it with 'are you Blue or are you blind?, (first ever single), to create classic Bluetones tunesmithery. 'Surrendered' and 'Fade in/fade out' are delicate, 'Putting out fires'-escq compositions which Adam Devlin drives on nonchantly. That, Coupled with Marks' all round inspiration, are the rhythm section with the lush backing vox and underrated bass playing of brother scott, (who does the albums artwork, and timelord Eds Chesters. The charmers are back: If you've always loved this band, (yes if you havent guessed I'm in that bracket!), remember them when they burst onto the scene, or have somehow only just caught wind of them there will be no dissappointment but pleasure as 'The Bluetones' reminds you that the band always enjoy theirselves and are true musicians who clearly love what they do. BUY IT, ITS IMMENSE!
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