lördag 1 oktober 2016


Follow-up to "Propaganda" about a year later, still on British soil with identical backing band having same kind of catchy melodies and sly lyricism. However though the previous two albums had about the same ambience - filled with unexpected twists and turns, giving a very eager impression - the atmosphere on this is a lot cooler and more transparent, probably a result of Tony Visconti replacing Muff Winwood as producer. It's by far their most elaborated and varied album with some arrangements inspired by twenties or forties music, some sounding like baroque pop and others borderline hard rock. While "Kimono My House" and "Propaganda" created a unique sound which shaped all numbers in about the same mold the production here is a lot more adaptive to each song. A candy bag with assorted flavours rather than one taste fits all. It may not make you jump up and down and laugh hysterically, but perfect for laid-back listening and guaranteed to bring many big smiles. Favorite tracks - "T*ts", "Without Using Hands", "Looks, Looks, Looks" and "It Ain't 1918". After this the brothers skipped their British band, moved back to US and I lost contact. Not at all into the West Coast sound of the following two albums and certainly not the later synth adventures. But "Kimono", "Propaganda" and this remains a fantastic exemple of how cultural blending - here American genius coupled with British knowhow - could result in pure gems. First US on Island black label (9237-9345). Island 1994 remastered CD (IMCD 200) came with three bonus tracks. Premiere UK had label as shown here and fully laminated fold out cover.

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