lunedì 26 dicembre 2011

The Boo Radleys "Giant Steps"




Chiudo l'anno con un capolavoro.
Avrei voluto aggiungere un pò più di post in questo fine 2011, ma sono a letto trafitto dall'influenza e giuro hce mettermi al pc, seppur per postare degli ottimi dischi, beh, mi risulta un pò difficile.
Ecco che mi limiterò a mettere questo grande disco e a salutarvi in questo 2011, dandovi appuntamento all'anno prossimo.
Giant Steps è un pozzo senza fondo di grandi pezzi, di suoni e immagini che si rincorrono, partoriti da quella testolina sempre in attività di Martin Carr che all'epoca non sbagliava letteralmente un colpo.
E quando anche Piero Scaruffi si inginocchia...beh, allora, missione compiuta!
Un vera enciclopedia del pop! (1993 Creation)


Giant Steps (Columbia, 1993) completo` la metamorfosi da sperimentatori a canzonettari. I Boo Radleys saltarono sul carro del Brit-pop e si misero a sfornare arie da anni '60 arrangiate secondo le feste armoniche dei tardi Beach Boys e dei tardi Love.
Ma i madrigali classicheggianti di Thinking Of Ways e Best Lose The Fear sono tutt'al piu` degni del Paisley Underground della California (Three O'Clock e similia). Sul fronte melodico svetta semmai il girotondo alla Belly di Rodney King. Tutto sommato sono piu` suggestivi gli episodi periferici: fantasie dub come Upon 9th And Fairchild, ballate distorte come Butterfly McQueen, collage psych-orchestrali come Lazarus, il florilegio dissonante di Spun Around.
I Boo Radleys stanno ancora sperimentando, ma bisogna scavare a fondo per rendersene conto. La formazione e` d'altronde salita a sette elementi, compresi violoncello (Lindsay Johnston), corno (Steve Kitchen) e clarinetto (Jackie Toy). L'album rimarra` forse il loro capolavoro. (Piero Scaruffi - http://www.scaruffi.com)

If ever a group were deserving of rehabilitation, it is the Boo Radleys. In that grim time when if you didn't like grunge, all you had was Suede or Cud, they synthesised the many factors that had made the Liverpudlian musical past so great. Mixed with a huge dose of the American sunshine psych-rock so beloved on Merseyside, the Boos acted as a bridge between The La's and The Coral.
And Giant Steps was their crowning glory, lofty in ambition, widescreen in its production. It is hard to believe that it is now 14 years old, and at the time it topped the NME Reader's Poll and was Select's album of the year.
Giant Steps is still, as the Virgin Encyclopaedia Of Popular Music heralds “dripping with poise, attitude and melody.” Leader Martin Carr's ear for a tune is unimpeachable – the indie chime of "I Hang Suspended", the bright "Wish I Was Skinny"; there is feedback (“Leaves and Sand”); funky undercurrents (“Upon 7th and Fairchild”, “Lazarus”); humour; synthesizers, touching interludes and lots of big, big noise.
It was extremely unfortunate that they were sunk, like many before and since by their big hit (in their case “Wake Up Boo!” in 1995) and soon they were pushed back into oblivion by Britpop. Carr's refusal to play ball with the media-generated movement meant their final two albums languished in semi-obscurity. It's hard to comprehend why Giant Steps is so currently forgotten, while people randomly cite, say, Screamadelica as one of the best ever.
It, like the Boos themselves, are all but gone from pop history – although the album’s place in the recent book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die suggests their may be a quiet move for Giant Steps to reclaim its place at pop’s top table. (Daryl Easlea - http://www.bbc.co.uk/)

- I Hang Suspended
- Upon 9th And Fairchild
- Wish I Was Skinny
- Leaves And Sand
- Butterfly McQueen
- Rodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce)
- Thinking Of Ways
- Barney (...And Me)
- Spun Around
- If You Want It, Take It
- Best Lose The Fear
- Take The Time Around
- Lazarus
- One Is For
- Run My Way Runway
- I've Lost The Reason
- The White Noise Revisited


BOO RADLEYS

1 commento:

  1. Hello, have you got the pregap track called "Tranquillo" from the album "Kingsize"?

    thanks!

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