In my continuing effort to like some music that was recorded after 1982, I took the bait that Uncut Magazine was dangling in front of me and listened to Diane Coffee, aka Shaun Fleming from the band Foxygen. If memory serves...I've since trashed the issue of the mag...the album, "Everybody Loves A Good Dog," received an 8 out 10 and tossed out some key words and phrases like "Pet Sounds," T. Rex and Philly Soul. (Although, in fairness to Uncut, I may have combined the efforts of a few rags and their collective comparisons.)
My first spin, immediately after reading the review, left me angry. Again. But this time I won't blame Uncut. I blame myself for yet again having faith, that a rave review would have at least a modicum of accuracy.
Some would argue that 25 seconds worth of a cappella harmonies that sound a bit like "Good Vibrations" is enough to toss out a comparison to the sacred Beach Boys classic, wheras I would suggest listening to the other 4:30 of "Spring Breathes." You can do that above. It's really not bad. It really isn't anything at all.
And I imagine the fake strings, glockenspiel and harmonies of "Duet," sung as a duet with Felicia Douglass, does evoke a bit 60's girl group/Philly soul...to someone who maybe doesn't know any other Philly soul tunes,
And "GovT," below, could be on "Electric Warrior," if it was 1972, had more guitar, a better hook, better production, and the one and only Marc Bolan leading the way. But then, really...not really.
It took a couple of weeks before I decided to dive back in to "Everybody's Loves A Good Dog," and I enjoyed the second time around a little bit more, as the media hype and irresponsible comparisons had finally left my system. But even now, I am left wanting more. A collection of Lo-Fi tunes that resemble a mid-70's K-Tel compilation just ain't fittin'.
This is another nothing record. It's clever, but transparent. It's fun, for ten minutes. It's another 2015 release whose reviews are a lot more entertaining than the music itself.
Trying. I am.