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Reviewed on 5th March 2004.

 
 

Convoy / Nixon

By Sungover

I wrote many notes on Sungover. They come from "south east London". They try very hard and they do funk-lite jazz-lounge could-be-fashionable stuff with some wit and occasional inspiration. A few Red Stripes and some narcotic ingestion before a late one at the Hi-Fi Club might see them getting a smiley reaction from a good crowd.

Me, I don't get it. The lyrics are dumb. The playing isn't cocky and assured enough. And the production doesn't let you forget your feet of clay. There have been some very mighty people playing this kind of stuff for 30 years, and the legacy is just too daunting. Sarah French has a very fine voice - but the more she evokes Mary Wilson or Aretha Franklin, the more you miss the Motown and Stax house bands. "Shake Me" is the blistering best of a stylistically varied bunch. It could have a great Booker T and the MGs, or even a Phil Spector treatment. But the sound on the CD is an eccentrically thin evocation of what it used to sound like listening to a transistor radio in bed in the 1960s through a (mono) earpiece. I mean, I loved it. But would you? This one track makes the whole effort worth the effort. It could be a classic. If you ever get a chance to hear it or steal it - take it, and let me know if I'm not wrong. It would be great if it made it on its own legs, but I fear someone will sample it and get the credit.

 

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