mercoledì 22 aprile 2009

Flamingoes "Plastic Jewels"

Anno di grazia 1995. Arrivano i Flamingoes. I due fratellini Jude e James hanno in mente le melodie chitarristiche degli Oasis, l'esplosività dei Supergrass e quel pizzico di glam "alla Suede" e ti sfornano il disco che vale il 10 in pagella.
I pezzi più tirati sanno incendiare (penso a "Scenester" o "Teenage Emergency") con melodia e chitarre senza freni, "Disappointed" vive di un glam brillante e scintillante, e poi ci sono pezzi più riflessivi o più ariosi (come la splendida It's Been A Thrill in chiusura), che non deludono affatto.
Idee chiare e tasso melodico fuori dal comune.
Ecco cos'erano i Flamingoes. E volete sapere 1 cosa? Nel 2007, 12 anni dopo questo esordio, è uscito il loro secondo 1 occhio al loro Myspace e commuoviamoci insieme!!
Sotto la classica recensione made in uk....(1995 Pandemonium)

The Flamingoes' debut, Plastic Jewels, is probably forever going to be known as "the other record that uses the cover photo from the first Fountains of Wayne album." That picture, a Nick Waplington photo of a young boy wearing a towel cape and clutching a white rabbit while striking a superhero pose, coincidentally showed up on both albums, which were released within weeks of each other in the U.S. in the fall of 1996.
(For the record, Waplington had licensed the photo to the Flamingoes first, and it graced the original 1995 U.K. release of this album.)
It's a shame that Plastic Jewels didn't make the splash that Fountains of Wayne did, because it's every bit as good an album. Solid guitar-based Brit-pop in the style of Supergrass, the immediately catchy songs on Plastic Jewels are memorably hooky, with plenty of cool guitar riffs and chirpy background vocals that help to make up for the fact that neither Jude nor James Cook, the identical twin brothers (with nearly identical voices) who lead the trio, is much of a lyricist.
However, lyrics aren't particularly important in this style of glam-influenced guitar pop -- not many complained about how dopey the Sweet's lyrics were -- and the trio's brash, rocking pop is instantly enjoyable regardless. Plastic Jewels is what Oasis always wanted to sound like but never quite managed. (Stewart Mason, All Music Guide)

- Disappointed
- Teenage Emergency
- Safe
- Try It On
- Absent Fathers Violent Sons
- Winter
- Scenester
- Chosen Few
- Unstable
- Suicide Bridge
- Last Of The Big Spenders
- It's Been A Thrill


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