I always knew about this band, but never bought an album. When I found it at work for cheap, it was worth a shot. I also remember this album cover as a huge poster hanging at the top of the escalator in the 333 Yonge St. HMV in Toronto. Get it? Because the dude’s coming up the escalator? Anyway.
So many influences here, I mean, most of classic rock, from the Beatles up through Pink Floyd and some other prog stuff too. There’s also some great heavier rock edges mixed in. Throw some Eastern sounds, some bagpipes, hammond organ, horns, acoustic and buzzing electric guitars, and lots of backing vocals into the soup and you have a really, really cool record.
The musicianship here is the major selling point, for me. It’s flawless. The band grooves and those guitars just soar (I really liked the guitar work). It totally sounds like the 60s, but updated to its current time (1999).
I should note, I have never cared much at all for the Britpop wave. The only ones I could stand out of all of it were Radiohead and Stone Roses, and I’d put this one in that latter category if I had to… but these guys are their own animal, and it’s all friggin’ beautiful.
The sound is superb (production-wise), the album flows from one track to the next like one giant party, and if you’re a fan already, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
There’s a joy here, something in making the music that comes across as just truly happy to be doing it, instead of it being a calculated move into a genre. I liked this spacey, rocking jam CD very, very much!
Two thumbs way up.