Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness “Tastes Good”

Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness “Tastes Good”

We don’t know how long Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness spent choosing their name.. but it’s a damn good one. Also, together with the album title and cover, it gives you a good idea what to expect from this album. This isn’t going to be an “Ok Computer” (thank god!) but promises a good dollop of fifties pop mixed with power pop and garage rock n roll.

That’s a point immediately rammed home with the equally appropriately titled “Yummy”. Together with songs like “Learnin’ To Howl” they have a style which is equal parts bubble gum pop and early Stones rock n roll. It adds up to tracks which are irresistibly catchy and whilst throwaway not twee.

That’s not to say it’s all sugary sweet. Indeed, there is an element of danger and a swagger to songs like “Vanilla Revisited” and “Dying On The Vine”. It’s a sound which blends in a kind of surf rock feel and has you reminiscing about bands like The Cramps.

A particular highlight is the quite sublime “A Place Called ‘I Love You’” a sleaze punk n roller that’s as catchy as it is dirty. Things at least start off sounding a bit more wholesome on “By The Grace Of Mod” which opens with some “All Or Nothing” aping drums before moving on to a sixties flavoured psychedelic rock n roller. But don’t think these boys are afraid to show their punk rock side, that’s obvious on the raucous “11cc”.

Listening to this album it almost feels like a dirty rock n roll band have accidentally got their hands on the soundtrack to some big teen drama film. They take catchy songs and add a sense of debauchery in the way that the brilliant Mink Deville did in the past. Beware these songs may be very contagious!

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