Guilty pleasure time! This album came out alongside a TV special parodying the comeback of an influential musician celebrated by the likes of Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and the Bee Gees. At the time Bruce Willis was starring in the hit TV show Moonlighting which I was a big fan of so this CD was an easy purchase. Almost all RnB covers, Bruce’s vocals are pretty good and the 80’s re-imagining of these songs is pretty good musically too. I’m am pretty sure that most people will see this as a novelty but I think it is a fun album and an enjoyable listen. Some people get a bit snooty about this sort of thing, citing it as not being “real” music, but any music is worth a listen and you can take it or leave it. Who is anyone to dismiss what someone else enjoys? Embrace the cheese!
Standout track : Fun Time
After one of my regular trips to the local charity shop I have gone from the cutting edge of my last post to being late to the party with this 2004 debut. I have some of their singles but have never got any of their albums, and one of the reasons for grabbing this one was the popularity of Mr. Brightside at two 21st birthday parties I have DJ’ed this year. Considering the birthday girls in question would have been eight years old in 2004 I though it’s endurance must make Hot Fuss worth a go. Maybe the upsurge in 80’s sounding tunes of the last few years started around this time, with the synthy salutations to the indie band sound of that era, also typified by the urgency in Brandon Flowers vocals. I wanted to like this album a lot, but unfortunately I only like it a bit.
Standout track: All These Things That I’ve Done
I was watching TV the other night and a programme came on showcasing the nominees for the 2017 Mercury Music Prize. One band immediately caught my attention so this morning I listened to the previews on iTunes, got to the fifth track and decided it was a definite purchase. This debut album reminds me a lot of Britpop band Sleeper who I also really like. Sleeper’s lead singer Louise Wener wrote some really lyrically interesting songs which also contained catchy guitar hooks. Not to say that The Big Moon sound like a dated 90’s band. but they have a similarly pleasing and very enjoyable mix of guitars and lyrics. They sound like they had a lot of fun recording this and I get a feeling they will be great to see live so will definitely check out their next London dates.
Standout track: Pull The Other One