Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Parallax Project - I Hate Girls - 2009


Parallax Project was supposed to be a loosely organized, shifting collection of musicians. That's what founding member Michael Giblin envisioned when he set out to create his first solo album, 2002's "Oblivious". But like Rocky and Post-It notes, where you're headed and where you end up are often two different things. In assembling a band to promote the album, he ended up with a crack live unit that drew upon a collective love of 60s Mod, 70's new wave, and Elvis (the skinny, mousy British one - see "Half" and "You & Me" on the new one for proof). Over the course of the next few years, the band honed its edge and flaunted its love of the Ray Davies songbook, the result of which was "Perpetual Limbo". Produced by Don Dixon, their third full length release (and Kool Kat debut) "I Hate Girls", now flaunts the fruits of Michael's time spent touring, hanging, and recording with The Plimsouls and Magic Christian! And Plimsouls-inspired it certainly is throughout - see songs like "All The Same" and "Coming Around" for proof! But there's also much more going on here. Imagine if Difford and Tillbrook of Squeeze got together with Ronnie Lane of the Faces to write a song - you'd probably wind up with "The Day After Tomorrow"! The crunchy guitar-lead "Waiting To Pull The Trigger" features some very cool Difford/Tillbrook-like dual lead vocals. In fact, one fan was overheard to say "It sounds like Difford and Tillbrook fronting the Smithereens!" The title track has some Faces swagger with some tasty Ian McLagan-like electric piano during the outro. All capped off with a very cool cover of Martha and The Vandella's "Needle In A Haystack"! Solid from start to finish!

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COMES WITH AN EXTREMELY KOOL, EXCLUSIVE 11-TRACK BONUS DISC - "SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY: COVERS FROM THE VAULT"! TRACK LISTING: "WATCH YOUR STEP" (FEATURING MAGIC CHRISTIAN) (Bobby Parker et al), "NEWS AT TEN" (The Vapors), "TELEPHONE LINE" (Electric Light Orchestra), "A WELL RESPECTED MAN" (The Kinks), "LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP" (XTC), "ANNIE" (Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane), "IT'S NOT TRUE" (FEATURING MAGIC CHRISTIAN) (The Who), "CINDY INCIDENTALLY" (The Faces), "CANDY SAYS" (Velvet Underground), "I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN" (Burt Bacharach et al), AND "LIZA RADLEY" (The Jam)! GREAT!!!! Rate this posting:

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