American Hi-Fi “Blood & Lemonade”
Hands up who wants to hear the new album from Miley Cyrus’ drummer? No one???
How about from the former drummer for US Indie darlings Verruca Salt? Maybe??
How about the latest release from the great pop rock band American Hi Fi?? That should be a hell, yeah!
For those not in the know, the main man in American Hi –fi, Stacy Jones, is actually the person referred to in all those questions. Whilst his day job may be working with the delightful Miley (my kids loved Hannah Montana!) he has also been responsible for releasing some pop rock gems with his band. “Blood & Lemonade” is a welcome return from a band who seem to have been away for some time.
First song “Armageddon Days” hints the band may be more focused on a rock rather than pop sound and it certainly has a slightly darker sound compared to previous releases. The heavy riff on “Golden Statue” confirms this feeling and this along with songs like “Wake Up” and “Amnesia” have an almost Foo Fighters feel to them and suggest the band really want to rock.
There are still some hints of pop and possibly some more ‘commercial’ nuggets amongst many of the other tracks. Despite its rather depressing title “Coma” is actually a more upbeat sounding tune. It’s the song which has the real pop hook which has always been such a strength of the band. “Allison” is sadly not an Elvis Costello cover (now, it would be cool to hear this band do that!) but it does share Mr Costello’s knack for delivering a pop flavoured punk rock song. The title of “Carry The Sorrow” is again misleading, as it’s one of the more melodic songs on the album. Indeed, this is the one you can really imagine being a huge U.S. radio hit.
The up-tempo sound is kept going by “Portland” which is the band at their pop/rock best. Then the album is drawn to a close with “No Ordinary Life” which is a big anthemic rock song. It’s got the sense of being a huge mid song set to really capture the audience in a moment.
It may be a reaction to their recent day job playing pop songs for the masses, but there is a definite feel the band have consciously produced an album with a harder sound. This will perhaps appeal to the bands fans with a more hardcore rock based background, who may have been concerned with previous attempts to achieve a more crossover appeal on previous albums. Thankfully, they haven’t fully sacrificed their ear for a good pop melody which still features on a number of songs (arguably, or at least to this listener, the better ones). This album is yet another solid American H-Fi album which will leave you a little puzzled as to why they have never quite managed to get the support or exposure that bands like American Rejects and Fall Out Boy have enjoyed.
Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers”
Justin Townes Earle has enjoyed an extensive career with this release being his fifth and he is now deservedly being regarded as a forefather of Contemporary Americana. It’s not surprising that during this period he has had his highs and lows including, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Opening track, “Worried About The Weather” shows the confidence that Justin Townes Earle has in this album, as it’s a slow country ballad that begins the album. It pays off though, as it’s a song which is beautifully laid back and easy going, a real joy to listen to. The title track “Single Mothers” keeps the relaxed pace going and it’s a song that really allows him to deliver a great crooning vocal performance on this blues based number.
The sparseness continues on “It’s Cold In This House” and it’s this feel which really makes the song so enchanting. He is equally as successful applying this style to slow and emotional ballads like “Picture In a Drawer” and the album closer “White Gardenias” which is a melancholic and engrossing song.
The album has a bit more pace on “Today And A Lonely Night” it’s still only a slow build up but remains a heartfelt number with a nice country swing to it. The baton is picked up by “My Baby Dives” which adds a more rock n roll feel to the sound. A stronger melody also drives “Wanna Be A Stranger” along and it also has a more ‘commercial’ feel.
The whole album has a nice balance between slower, introspective songs and those which appear somewhat more ‘extrovert’. “Burning Pictures” is a more rocking country song which is more likely to get a crowd dancing and clapping along to it. The song “Time Shows Fools” is like the perfect mix of the songs on the album. It still has that soulful, relaxed vibe but underneath there is a neat melody which adds a more upbeat feel to the song.
This is a really, really strong album full of brilliantly crafted songs. The whole album has a feeling of strength and confidence. The songs are far from big and brash but instead they are mainly quietly assured. Their strength lies in the willingness to leave the songs sparse and heartfelt rather than cluttered with unnecessary sounds. The result is an album that would be perfect for a bright Sunday morning with a cup of tea or, at the other end of the spectrum, a late, dark night with a glass of whisky.
Husband and wife team Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst were a bit of a surprise hit last year with the release of the excellent “O’ Be Joyful”. They managed to create quite a reaction not only in the Americana/Bluegrass/Folk scene but also amongst the wider majority. Whilst most people would have first learnt of them through that scene, for us Michael Trent first came to our attention through his work with the wonderful Butch Walker. Butch is a man known for producing quality releases and being associated with great artists so the talent of Michael shouldn’t have been doubted. The question that is now left is whether Shovels & Rope can now meet the expectation which comes with this latest release.
Opening track “The Devil Is All Around” shows we aren’t dealing with some great reinvention and the duo continue to produce stripped back, folk/Americana influenced songs. They do, however, show a bit more of a tendency to throw a smattering of rock n roll in to the mix. This is shown by “Bridge Of Fire” which could almost be a stripped down, acoustic version of a song off Mr Walker’s Spade album. Similarly, “Coping Mechanism” has a hint of rock n roll aching to break out of the song.
The track “Evil” is a great example of what separates Shovels & Rope from other more ‘genteel’ folk bands. They have an added depth and with songs like this, they add a more gothic twist in to the mix. This darker side emerges again on “Ohio” which has an almost voodoo/mardi gras influence. “Stone River Blues” throws in some country but again it’s a dirty Mississippi river feel, that infects the song.
Not surprisingly, the closeness of the singers and the combination of their voices are an important feature of the band. On songs like “Pinned” their voices just sound perfect together. It’s a vital ingredient where the harmonies have the much needed effect of lifting very bare and minimalistic songs like this and “Swimmed”. They are also not scared of just delivering some relatively straight forward country folk numbers like “Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan” and “Save The World”. The last of these in particular is one to get the crowd up and dancing.
With this album, Shovels and Rope have certainly built on the considerable success of their last release. All the ingredients that made the band so refreshing are still there. In particular, they succeed in creating a sound which just sounds so authentic. It is proper roots/folk/Americana music and not just a case of a band jumping on a popular sound or style. The songs have an underlying passion that can’t be faked. It’s an album which will be loved by all their existing fans and hopefully a load more new recruits as well.
Ex Hex “Rips”
Ex Hex are a power trio from Washington DC who describe their sound as being “unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll spat out in the disciplines mother tongue” which sound pretty cool to us. They’re clearly a very talented bunch of musicians and furiously recorded this album over a span of just two weeks. The result is a group of songs that covers rock n roll lyrical material such as under dogs, guys stealing your wallet and school yard brawls.
First song “Don’t Wanna Lose” is a great intro to the album as it’s just the first of many crunching, indie pop songs. That spirit is kept going with songs like “Beast” and “You Fell Apart” which are just swaggering tunes but with a cool alternative and grungy pop feel to them.
They show a willingness to add a more pop feel to the sound on “Waste Your Time” which has an almost power pop feel to it but with some added grit. Whilst “How You Got That Girl” sees that feeling amplified even further with a song that has some great backing vocals. Tracks like “Hot And Cold” and “Radio On” are just majestic songs and it’s almost like you have a band with the aching coolness of The Strokes but delivering some Cheap Trick songs. In the ideal world, these would indeed be the type of song you heard when you turned your radio on (guess 6 music is as close as we will get to that!).
The band do bring back a dirtier and punkier style with the likes of “New Kid” and “Everywhere” which suggests that an old Ramones album is never far from their turntables. The ‘spiky’ sound is kept going on “War Paint” before it builds in to yet another catchy gem. It all then comes to an end with “Outro” a great power pop hit that has an almost seventies/dreamy feel to it.
This is a great album full of quality crunching pop tinged songs. It retains a level of alternative quirkiness which means it never strays in to cliché territory. It actually reminds us of another cult band called Those Darlins. However, whilst that band has tended to get bogged down in a darker, grungier tone, Ex Hex are more willing to allow the songs to have a sparkle. This gives the album a commercial edge which will hopefully see them getting some well-deserved wider coverage and exposure.
Wild Smiles “Always Tomorrow”
One of the biggest surprises about Wild Smiles is that this fast rising trio actually come from Winchester. The sound they have created on this excellent debut certainly recalls influences from far wider, and let’s face it, more rock n roll towns! Following a single and EP release the band have ensured that they have delivered an album that they can be truly proud of. This goes for both the tunes and the lyrics which show a depth that many new bands fail to reach.
It’s the title track which begins the album and is a neat little pop song which is almost like a Beach Boys song being performed by The Ramones, which is a pretty cool way to open any album! “The Best Few Years” and “Fool For You” see the band almost have a power pop vibe but smuggled in under the grunge of a surf song.
“Everyone’s The Same” opens up with an absolutely brilliant Spector esque drum beat before it moves on to a slower song which is reminiscent of The Vaccines. In contrast, “Figure It Out” is an up and at them fighting song which sees an appreciation of the Ramones’ simplistic, but effective, rock n’ roll coming through.
You can certainly see why “Girlfriend” was chosen as a single from the album as it’s a good demonstration of the band’s ability to deliver a catchy tune but disguised by a raucous indie band beat. “The Gun” and “Hold On” see them shifting decade and influences again with the first of these being a song that could easily be from a great sixties garage rock band. Whilst “Hold On” has an almost glam rock feel to go with the overall garage sound, before you hit a mid-song break that recalls The Stooges.
“Never Wanted This” opens up a bit like a long lost Nirvana track, another band who weren’t afraid of adding a bit of commercial sense to their alternative sound. The album ends on an upbeat song called “See You Again” which has a joyous surf pop/garage sound to provide a fitting finale.
If you remember when The Vaccines first hit the scene, they were promised to finally be the indie band who knew a bit about real rock n roll. Sadly, they never lived up to the hype and it was all a bit dull and disappointing. Thankfully, Wild Smiles could actually be that band. They’re a band who have clearly been influenced by some classic, right through from The Beach Boys, to the Ramones and on to Nirvana. They have, however, avoided the mistake as just coming across as derivative but instead have given it all their own twist. A few years back bands like The Vaccines, Tribes and Howler were getting a huge amount of main stream press for delivering a similar sound but with inferior songs than we find on this album. Let’s hope that with “Always Tomorrow” we will see The Wild Smiles get that level of recognition, because they definitely deserve it.
Royal Blood “S/T”
The success of Royal Blood’s debut album must have come as a bit of a shock to the band, after all, not many rock bands have a number one selling album these days. Importantly, the band have achieved this by developing a strong fan base which has been swelled by their staggering live performances at many festivals over the past year or so.
The album begins with the huge “Out Of The Black”, it has a massive sound that recalls Led Zeppelin or, as a more latter day reference, Muse. It’s a dark and brooding monster of a song and a great intro to both the band and the album. They up the ante even further with “Come On Over” with its thrashy intro, which then blends in to the more anthemic chorus. Despite the continued heavy riffing on “Figure It Out” there is also a funkier feel to the track which is more reminiscent of The Black Keys. “You Can Be So Cruel” has a similar feel due to the rumbling drums and the stop/start guitar line.
This all builds us up to “Little Monster”, a song which is surely recognisable to everyone and must be a huge tune when they play it live. It pretty much lives up to its title and once again has the same bombastic approach that has served Muse so well in recent years. Songs like this and “Careless” are clearly designed for playing to huge arenas or big fields packed with fans. In contrast, “Blood Hands” moves along slowly like a giant snake and “Loose Change” manages to combine having a more contemporary sound with a dark and sludgy feel.
They then eventually ease off the gas with the final track on the album, “Better Strangers”. It finally gives us a slight breather, with a song which at least begins with a lighter sound. It’s not long though until they build up the power and intensity again to finish with a powerful closer.
Once you listen to this album the success it has achieved doesn’t really come as a surprise. It shares aspects from some of the biggest rock acts in recent years e.g. Muse, Black Keys and Jack White’s various outfits. Its sound is quite traditional in many senses, with its heart in the dark rock of Led Zep or even Black Sabbath. As an album it’s all consuming and has an intense and heavy feel to it. As individual songs though they really all stand up as powerful, strong compositions, all fit for releasing as singles. Importantly, they are also built for playing live and this is a great reason for the band to have achieved their huge success.
Luke Winslow-King “Everlasting Arms”
Luke Winslow-King is yet another great artist on the Bloodshot Records label, a label which almost adds a guaranteed level of quality to any release they feature. He’s an emotive artist who as well as being a musician, is also an ambassador for the rich and colourful culture of New Orleans. This album has been described as being like a biography with it’s tales of struggle, risk, misunderstanding and also, thankfully, celebration.
It’s a brave mood to open the album with such an unbelievably laid back track as “Everlasting Arms”, which has a comforting, warm sunny afternoon feel to it. The pace picks up a bit with “Swing That Thing” which has an almost country rockabilly feel to it. That’s a theme and style which continues on “Cadillac Sam” with its faster beat making it one of the more upbeat tracks on the album.
The album has a whole mix of style and influences, as demonstrated by “Levee Man” which has a more rag time blues feel, whilst “La Bega’s Carouse” takes this a bit further and adds an almost Caribbean festival feel to it. Importantly though, it’s not a case of just being different for the sake of it and songs like “The Crystal Water Springs” and “Last Night I dreamed My Birthday” are more straight forward tracks. The first of these is a blue grassed influenced folk song and its strength lies in its toned down simplicity.
On “Wanton Way Of Loving” we get a real chance to fully appreciate the vocals of singing partner (and now wife) Esther Rose. They really shine on this song but also play an important role across the entire album as they give many of the songs a lightness and harmony that really brings them to life. The best song on the album is probably “Domino Sugar”, which has a really cool upbeat and heartfelt vibe. It has a swagger which will just get you swinging along to it. The clever “Travelling myself” closes the album and is a real story teller’s song and with a sound that nicely mimics the noise of an old railway track. You won’t be able to listen to this without picturing someone jumping on an old western train with a sack on their back.
In some ways, it’s amazing how music like this has managed to thrive in today’s modern world of bleeps and instant gratification. However, acts like Luke Winslow-King, Justin Towne Earles and Shovels & Rope etc. are showing that people will always have a desire for this laid back, roots based music. This album is made particularly interesting due to the wide variety of styles and influences that are seamlessly blended together. It ensures that it has a unique quality that allows it to hold its own against any of its contemporaries.
JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers “Wild Moon”
The name JD Wilkes will probably be familiar to you as the front man for The Legendary Shack Shakers. This is him and the Dirt Daubers who include his wife, Jessica alongside fellow Shack Shaker Rod Hamdallah. This release sees the band moving from a more acoustic sound to being far rawer and perhaps sharing at least some of the raucous sound of the Shakers. It is still steeped in the Americana, Blues style sound but with an added air of gothic danger.
After the musical intro of “French Harp Hustle” to get us in the mood, we move into “Apples & Oranges” which is a brilliant introduction to the full band and in particular the wonderfully seductive vocals of Jessica. “Wild Moon” keeps that swinging feeling going but is slower, darker, bluesier song.
The band then throw a bit of Vaudeville show man routine in to the mix with “No Rest For The Wicked”. If you could slow it down, this track would be the perfect accompaniment to a burlesque routine. Although the slinky piano of “No More My Love” would perhaps be a better accompaniment for a dance with a slow and seductive tease.
The band return to a more rocking sound on “Angel Crown” where we again see the harp leading the intro to another fine rock n roll song. Whilst “You Know I Love You” is the kind of sassy song that has made Imelda May such a huge star. On the whole, however, the album has a far dirtier and raucous feel to it. This is perfectly shown by “Don’t Thrill Me No More” which adds some southern grit to give the song an added hint of danger. The rawer style of the songs is then shown on the blues based “River Song”. Appropriately the album comes to an end with “God Fearing People” which is a country stomper, designed to spill your beer to.
There is always a danger with this type of unashamedly retro sound that it will appear dated or clichéd. However, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers have managed the same feat as the likes of Imelda May and JD McPherson, by delivering an album which still manages to sound fresh and relevant today. Indeed, given the increasing interest in the ‘vintage’ scene you could argue that their sound is in fact very ‘now’! More important than any of that though, is the fact that this is actually a mighty fine album which is just great fun to listen to and that’s what music should be about.
New Street Adventure “No Hard Feelings”
New Street Adventure are a London based band who are described as “blending social commentary nous, anthemic swell and underground grit to deliver their new wave soul sound”. They take their influences from people like Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack and Smokey Robinson but there is also a hint of more contemporary indie acts such as The Black Keys and even recent Artic Monkeys.
The album opens up with a reggae feel to “On Our Own Doorstep” and it immediately shows that New Street Adventure have an eye for social commentary, but thankfully not delivered in a heavy handed way. “Keep it Burning” has a much smoother soul feel on a lovely relaxed and gentle sounding track. Then “A Little Alarmed” mixes up the laid back vocals with a funky vibe which is almost like an eighties soul disco track. The soul continues on “Hunted” which is like an old soul ballad but with the usual lovey dovey lyrics replaced with something far more stark and haunting.
Whilst they add a more rock n roll feel to “Be Somebody”, it still seems to be built on a Northern Soul favourite. Again, it provides some clever lyrics which express some of the hassles which impact on the everyday man in today’s world. The band return to a great pop soul sound on “No Hard Feelings”, a song you could easily see being picked up by Craig Charles on his 6 music funk and soul show. The same could be said for “Foot In The Door” which sees that disco beat back and is a song you sense Nile Rodgers would love to be involved in.
The band do manage to slow things down on tracks such as “The Crunch” and “Say Your Lonely” which are pull at the heart string ballads. On the whole though, the album consists of songs like “She’s An Attraction “which seem to be made to get you up and dancing. Not surprisingly, this track is a simple pop soul song with an instant attraction! It is also no surprise that the album ends with another upbeat, danceable track called “The Big A.C.”
The dynamics on this album are really quite unusual. On first brush it appears like an album full of soul songs made for carefree singing and dancing. However, many of them include far deeper lyrical context than you might expect. As previously mentioned, many of them could sit alongside the classics played on Craig Charles’ excellent radio show. Maybe it’s time that we did have a band who want to send a message, but instead of being down beat, give people a chance to dance at the same time, after all, being socially aware doesn’t mean being boring!
Si Cranstoun “Modern Life”
Si Cranstoun is one of those hard working musicians who is finally beginning to see all his efforts over the years pay off. Having spent most of his life delivering his music to all that wanted to listen, either just on the streets of the UK or at numerous vintage events, he is now getting some wide spread commercial attention. Whilst he may have earned his name firstly in the vintage scene, his actual sound is far closer to the pure soul of the likes of Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke
We are introduced to Si with “Caught In The Moonlight” which is a song that sounds like a wonderful soul classic, the first of many to feature on the album. Songs like “Shout Out” and “Gods Of Love” have a sound and feel which is straight out of the glory days of Motown. Whilst “Never Gonna Let You Go” and “Being With You” have you recalling the great pop soul bands of the past like the Four Tops and their ability to deliver songs with such a sense of laid back ease.
The appreciation of the ‘vintage’ sound does come more to the fore on the title track “Modern Life”, which covers a ground somewhere between ragtime soul and rock n roll. Whilst “Tick Tock” serves as a good reminder that rock n roll originally had its roots in black rhythm and blues.
There is also a great mix of tempo on the album where “Cry Me A Smile” is a slowed down, soul crooner type of song. The beat is also kept more laid back on “Monica”, which is a tune that really allows the vocals to take centre stage.
It’s not all just about a ‘retro’ sound though, as perfectly demonstrated by the final track (excluding bonuses) “Like It Like That” which has a more contemporary feel to it. It’s still based on an old school soul sound but the production just has a more modern edge to it. As a bonus, we get a couple of covers in the shape of the classics “Twisting The Night” and “Build Me Up Buttercup”. A special mention has to go to the last of those, as it’s a song which is often wrongly regarded as a ‘throwaway’ soul track. In fact, it is just one of the finest pop songs ever written.
This album could easily just be filed under ‘retro’ or to be trendy ‘vintage’, but in fact it is an album full of great soul records. This is a sound which has a timeless and classic feel to it. It may not be new, different or alternative but it is heart-warming and fun. We also need new singers to introduce people to the great records of the past from the likes of Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson etc. The only criticism you could levy at the album is that it should’ve been released in the summer so it could accompany a bbq on a bright sunny afternoon. For now, however, you will just have to enjoy it whilst dreaming about next summer!
The Lawrence Arms “Metropole”
The Lawrence Arms must now be bordering on being ‘veterans’ of the punk world, given that this is the band’s sixth release. It also sees them returning from an eight year break from making music as a trio. Thankfully, however, they have not lost any of their trademark gritty punk rock spirit. It is acknowledged by the band though that on this album they have continued to develop a more story telling approach to their song writing.
The album certainly opens on a high tempo note with the in your face, modern punk rock sound of “Chilean District”. It’s a short, sharp, track but not without an important hint of melody. That feeling is kept going on “You are Here” but there is an even stronger sense of tune on that song. It’s the clean and clear vocals that really provide such a nice change from the ‘shouty’ approach of so many similar bands. Though “Hickey Avenue” is quick to remind us that the ‘cleaner’ approach isn’t at the expense of any passion or fury!
They’re also not ashamed to add a sense of more commercial appeal to some of the songs though. “Seventeener (17th & 37th)” opens up like some great pop punk song you might expect from someone more like Fall Out Boy. It’s a brilliant, catchy punk rock song which could surely be the band’s first real huge break through single. “Beautiful Things” is another example of the band perfectly balancing the producing of a song which could have wider appeal but without sacrificing their passion.
For those wanting more straight forward punk rock tracks, then they should head over to “Archeron River” and “Never Fade Away”, which are songs which will appeal to fans of bands like The Restorations and The Menzingers. The title track itself, “Metropole”, is a slower and more poignant track that allows the listener time to relax amongst the more abrasive songs that surround it, in particular the next one, “Drunk Tweets”. There is a sense of The Hold Steady to “The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic” with its storytelling lyrics. The same could be said for “Paradise Shitty” which, as indicated by the title, shows a neat sense of humour as well as being another quality punk song. The album comes to a conclusion with “October Blood” which is the bands final reminder of their ability to combine energy and passion with a deeper and more coherent song writing ability than many of their contemporaries.
Punk rock really is a surprisingly wide genre now and is miles away from its original UK roots. In the U.S. in particular, there has been a wave of bands who have taken their own punk/hardcore influences and added an additional melody to the sound. Importantly, we aren’t talking about the throwaway punk pop that was popular a while back, but instead it’s punk rock music with an ear for a proper tune to underpin the passion. In this regard, The Lawrence Arms have delivered an album which ably demonstrates this sound. This album will certainly hold its own as being one of the best examples of this modern, alternative, punk rock sound.
Northern Soul: The Film Soundtrack
Northern Soul is one of those genres which is known for having such great music, but the question is always ‘where do I start’? Sure, we’ve all picked up one of the many ‘greatest ever Northern Soul’ compilations but it’s always been with the fear that it’s really just some record label chucking any Northern Soul related track they own on to one CD! Thankfully, this album may indeed be the go to album for those looking to learn more about this scene. It’s the soundtrack to the film “Northern Soul” directed by Elaine Constantine, which has gone from being a small film with independent releases to capturing the public imagination and resulting in a nationwide release and considerable mainstream press interest.
pilation actually consists of two discs, with one being the soundtrack and the other entitled “More Inspiration”. There are fifty four tracks on the album, so we don’t have the space, or indeed the necessary vocabulary, to describe all of them. Our advice would be just to buy it and discover your own many favourite tracks.
The discs do include some names that will already be well known to all music fans and not just those already initiated into Northern Soul. This includes the likes of Edwin Starr (with the brilliant “Back Street”), Franki Valli & The Four Seasons (“The Night”) and the wonderful Marvin Gaye (“This Love Started This Heart Of Mine”).
The real joy, however, will come from finding so many great new songs and artists that you will immediately love. Many of whom may well be Northern Soul legends that are already adored by their dedicated followers. The great music really keeps coming, right from the opening number “Right Track” by Billy Butler which will instantly put you in the right mood to listen to all the other tracks. It is really just the first of many brilliant tracks that feature throughout the compilation. A special mention needs to go to a few, including “Soul Time” by Shirley Ellis which adds an almost disco feel to the soul, whilst “(Just Say) You’re wanted And Needed” is a wonderful, old school soul track. Then you have the purring richness of Don Varner’s voice on “Tear Stained Face”. Mainly though, songs like “In Love” by Tony Galla are just made for dancing to. If you can listen to records like “I Really Love You” by Jimmy Burns or “Love Factory” by Eloise Laws without moving then you need to check your pulse and make sure you are still alive!
The only conclusion needed for this album is just go out and get the CD, clear some space in your living room and recreate your own Wigan Casino with a big smile on your face!