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on 31 May 2009
Deep Sea Skiving was the ram's first long-player, a grungy sounding pop album that introuced the world to Keren, Sara, and Siobhan, and their odd layered vocal sound.

The album kicks off with the incredibly catchy and sexy Shy Boy, a gorgeous song full off "Shoop-shoop-ahhs", and is the girls at their flirtatious best. Doctor Love, although initially fun, gets boring very quickly, and is a good contender for worst song on the album, and I'm not sure whether its position as 2nd track on the album was a good idea. What a Shambles is lyrically my favourite track on the album, whats not to love in a song that's chorus revolves around "Washing all your Laundry, and Riding on a Bus" . Next up is the Fun Boy Three collaboration Really Saying Something, this is the 'rams at their dirtiest and grubbiest, there's not much I can say about this song, as its one of their big iconic tracks, unfortunately, the 'rams other FB3 collaboration - It Aint What You Do doesn't make an appearance here, very dissapointingly even the remastered release fails to include it as a bonus track. Cheers Then is the most melancholy track on the album, but it is also one of the stronger tracks, as the girls lament on a relationship that has come to an end. We are then presented with Aie-a-Mwana, quite simply put, an insane Swahili dance number! Its a great, fun, track, but sticks out on the album like a sore thumb. Especially odd as the aforementioned omition of It Aint What You Do, which would have been much more at home on the album. Keeping the tone firmly upbeat, the 'rams then sing about being Young at Heart, a feel good song that bounces along, and would later see widespread success when The Bluebells covered it. The next 3 tracks are the 'rams with attitude: Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye), the perfect break up song, when you just want to stamp your feet and shout at that loser of an ex ; the forgettable Hey Young London, and the truly brilliant Boy Trouble, which is the only other track to manage the sex-appeal and flirtatiousness of the opening track. The album closes with the stunning Wish You Were Here, the first time melancholy creeps back in since Cheers Then, where as the previous track had been acknowledgement at the end of a relationship without being too bothered about it, Wish You Were Here sees the 'rams pining for times gone, and wishing for the return of an ex (lover? friend?), and proves a satisfying conclusion to the album.

All in all, it's not my favourite Bananrama album by any long shot, but overall I think it'd a strong debut from the girls
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