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Godley & Creme


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4 stars Not at all what I was expecting. I really thought I was going to hate this album.

The first thing that strikes you is the memorable but not particularly good sleeve by Pink Floyd graphic designers 'Hipgnosis'. Visions of dysentry springs to mind!

Just like the predecessor 'L', 'Freeze Fame' sounds ahead of it's time which is surprising, because by this point they'd been around long enough to be the old 'fuddy-duddies' I expected them to be. Particularly Kevin Godley with that dodgy beard.

'An Englishman in New York' (not to be confused with the dreary Sting tune) has superb production, a great tune and some very weird non sequitur lyrics like: "The Hissing of omelettes, the breaking of eggs, don't shoot till you see the white's of their legs" Brilliant and inspired! - that's my kind of thing!

The highlight on 'Freeze Frame' is 'I Pity Inanimate Objects'. That's GOT to be a prototype sampler put through a keyboard in order to achieve those insane vocals, surely? Their 'Gizmo' device goes into overdrive on this track as well, making the guitars sound more like violins. A very strange track.

The vocals on the title track 'Freeze Frame' sound freakishly like Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode! Thankfully I quite like him, so I'm happy enough with this track.

'Brazilia' is a dreamy, bass heavy tune with lots of layered reverbed, and effected vocals

An incredibly fresh and experimental pop album that defies the year in which it was released. That, combined with some really great harmonic vocals make this one album I'm very glad to own.

'Muuuuuugshots' is another weirdo, all over the place tune, but sounds great with those deep vocals.

Last and not least is 'Get Well Soon' with it's references to Radio Luxembourg which makes me quite nostalgic, remembering my first wee transistor radio which I listened to in my bunk bed in 1981. Ahh - memories of Adam and the Ants.... It's not often I write such long reviews - I'm usually quickly tearing albums to pieces - but this is excellent and only marginally short of being a masterpiece.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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