Today's Headlines Search
Content
Coldplay
The White Stripes
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Norah Jones
The Hives
Big If
Integrating Flash, Fireworks & Freehand
Beginning SQL Server 2000 Programming
An Underground Education
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Combat Mission
Planet Monsters
Rallisport Challenge
Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
Slumdog Millionaire
War Of The Worlds
Constantine
Closer
Find them here
REVIEWS - SOUNDS

Title:
Sweet Idol
Artist(s):
Birth
El-Camel's Ratings:

Label:
Hut
---BUY THIS ALBUM---
Reviewer:
michael white

** CONTRIBUTE A REVIEW **

Birth are constructed around the talents of one man - Dawm Lanten. In addition to the unusual name, he likes to keep his band relationships equally singular. It's fluidity that consummates his oeuvre. The hired hands come and go while he remains the undisputed head honcho. Ego gone mad, or a control driven perfectionist? Sweet Idol is inconclusive. This debut single reveals someone in thrall to the laid-back pop harmonics of the early '70s - albeit with a crisply defined contemporary edge.

The gentle acoustic frisson of Sweet Idol is perfect Sunday afternoon mood music for the post-Saturday come down. If it's summer and the sun is shining, so much the better. Close your eyes - and after an intro that is momentarily reminiscent of the Style Council's Long Hot Summer - sound induced images of platform boots, feathercuts, cheesecloth shirts, and wide lapels flicker across the subconscious. Whether Dawm's wardrobe reflects this remains literally to be seen, but one thing's for sure - he's got Wings: of the Paul McCartney variety that is. From the tangential chorus - with its over-layered harmonies - the characteristic abrasion which signposts the very peak of any of his vocal phrases, all underpinned by the skidding preamble that leads to the strung-out circularity of a whining guitar: it's Band On The Run for the '90s.

That this is teamed with a cover of the all time stoned-out summer classic that is the Young Rascals' Groovin' is no coincidence. The old and the new: both aiming for the same carefree constituency of relaxed emotion - with feelings aspiring to a sun-kissed, hypnotic state of wide-eyed sonambulance.

Aspiration is the key word here: imitation an act of insincerity. Whether the debut album rostered for release in the new year is an equally over-the-shoulder affair, or truly attempts to come to terms with the new century should be filed temporarily under growing pains. For the moment this is one easy Birth - and father and baby are doing well.


Oilzine Members Reviews
Sweet Idol
** CONTRIBUTE A REVIEW **



Add A Review...
UserID:
Password:
Ratings:
(1 to 5)
Comments:
Need to register?
Click here...
Forgot your password?
Click here...

 

 

| Translate with Babblefish |

MEMBERS
LOGIN
PASSWORD
Subscribe now for our Newsletter!
Enter your email address
Make this your homepage
WIN WIN WIN!
Enter our competitions
Click below!
No competitions offered at present. Please check back again soon.