Here’s another love letter to pop music from 'Sid and Susie', this time raiding the Eighties for their latest trove of gems.
It’s great fun but, along with Vol 2, it somehow lacks some of the joy, energy and invention of their Sixties collection; likewise the production falls slightly short of the lush succulence of Vol 1. That said, this is still a very enjoyable collection. Like its predecessors, it's a discerningly chosen set of songs, with each number lovingly retooled and beautifully performed. There's a real British slant to the running order this time around, with The Smiths, The Beat, The Pretenders, Echo & the Bunnymen, Elvis Costello, Tracey Ullmann and XTC all present and correct. In every case, the American accents and West Coast harmonies work surprisingly well on these quintessentially British tracks.
Not quite a rave review, but this is still a pleasant, foot-tapping slice of nouveau-nostalgia which any fan of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs will enjoy.
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