El Radio is a very quiet record. Indeed, so quiet you will have to be patient and give the music a chance over a number of listens.
…this, their live LP, is an absolute belter, and one that captures the band in their purest, most undiluted form. Simply put, if you are to own one Brakes LP, then this is the one.
The music is very much the sort of fun, throw–away affair that will either entrance you or piss you off completely. Personally speaking, I enjoy it lots.
I’m sure a million other reviewers will talk about the influence of Andy Weatherall’s production upon this… but there really is a startling bravura that was maybe not noticeable on Street Horrsing.
A great record, and long in the gestation, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and MBV’s Colm Ó Ciosóig reunite after eight years to bring us Through the Devil Softly.
…a packed Kleine Zaal, (full of people who had either found pictures of my sixth form class from 1986 and then swore unyielding fealty to the power of our collective dress sense back then, or borrowed Molly Ringwald’s cast offs en masse), testified to the sheer trendiness of the event.
This social comment by our Blessed Elders is akin to David Attenborough telling us the planet’s going to rat shit>
It’s a pretty good LP, with one or two stand-outs; (e.g. Go Home Production’s Love & Fire remix). And the two bonus tracks are pretty great. I do think the powers that be missed a trick by not releasing the original as a bonus CD.
I also get the feeling yer man enjoys spinning a bit of Kate Bush vinyl now and again, as there’s that classic Bush-style balance between outrageously catchy pop and overblown arty sounds
The astonishing bravura of the music is something else, as is the track listing; switching as it does through tempo and moods as if the musicians were casting off one pair of trainers in preference for another.