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The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps (1993)

20-04-2015, 09:42
Rock | Alternative

The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps (1993)

Artist: The Boo Radleys
Title Of Album: Giant Steps
Year Of Release: 1993
Label: Creation Records
Genre: Alternative rock, Shoegaze, Britpop
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 01:04:17
Total Size: 185 Mb


01. I Hang Suspended (03:58)
02. Upon 9th and Fairchild (04:51)
03. Wish I Was Skinny (03:37)
04. Leaves and Sand (04:26)
05. Butterfly McQueen (03:29)
06. Rodney King (Song for Lenny Bruce) (02:46)
07. Thinking of Ways (03:49)
08. Barney (...and Me) (04:42)
09. Spun Around (02:31)
10. If You Want It, Take It (02:45)
11. Best Lose the Fear (04:15)
12. Take the Time Around (04:08)
13. Lazarus (04:39)
14. One Is For (01:36)
15. Run My Way Runway (02:21)
16. I've Lost the Reason (05:19)
17. The White Noise Revisited (05:05)

Titling an album after John Coltrane's masterpiece may well seem the height of pretension, but heck, it never stopped the Replacements from a similar move vis-a-vis the Beatles. As it is, the title is perfectly justified -- Carr, a Coltrane aficionado among many other things, here finally leads his band from the promising to the truly inspired. With the inventive, groundbreaking Lazarus EP as a touchstone (the title track is included here in an unfortunately abbreviated form), the Boos self-produce themselves to new heights. The genius of the Boos definitely lies in their ability to adapt many a different touch and make it their own, taking what are often straightforward, hooky pop songs and turning them into something more, an ability Giant Steps shows in spades. The old fuzz blast is here, but less beholden to the likes of My Bloody Valentine, instead drawing on Carr's wide-ranging tastes (Beach Boys, psych-pop, Human League/New Order-inspired arrangements) to reach different, individual conclusions. From the near free-noise wash of "Run My Way Runway" to the soaring pop blast of "Barney (...and Me)," a poignant, nostalgiac lyric backed by a thrilling overall performance, the band does little wrong. Brown and Cjeka effectively incorporate dub/reggae rhythms, as "Lazarus" itself showed they could do, blending in loping, funky skank to "Upon 7th and Fairchild" and the fantastic "Butterfly McQueen." Carr's guitar work is much more distinctly his own throughout the album, with often volcanic, inspired soloing adding a huge, echoed sound to many of the songs. A number of guest performers help, notably Steve Kitchen on brass; his trumpet and flugelhorn parts and flourishes add jazzy touches throughout, at times reminiscent of Miles Davis' work on Sketches of Spain.

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