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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal summer tune car space blast off album., 3 July 2002
This review is from: Yes Please (Audio CD)
Mixed by the Tom Tom Club (a couple of ex-Talking Heads members) and produced in Barbados, this album was released to a barrage of criticism, which was unjust in my opinion.
Being one of the few people who has owned since release and listened to this album thoroughly, I feel I am better placed to assess it than the music press which panned it at the time.
Basically, if you like other Happy Mondays work, then I can think of no reason why you should not also find something worthy in this album. It still has all the 90's housey housey dance qualities accompanied by Ryder's quirky lyrics and postmodern 'use of other people's stuff'.
However, it also has a theme of subtle syncopation and changing rhythmic attitude running throughout. From the laid back Stinkin' Thinkin', to the staccatto tension of Cowboy Dave and the happy bouncy House of Sunshine and Love. I suppose recording in the Carribean influenced their mindset slightly too, so we see use of a chat man on Cut 'Em Loose Bruce, reminiscent of Ryder's later outing with Black Grape.
Overall, if you ignore this album it is your loss. But you'll be running away from classic Ryder lyrics, such as Total Ringo's "I can't stand the thought of her dropping another" (not a reference to drugs, but children!), and Sunshine and Love's opening line "If I'm being sneaky, then somethings just freaked me..."
It may be eclectic at times, but if this is just the random result of a load of dirty, grown-up street urchins from Salford then there must be a god.
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