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Reviewed on 12th May 2004.



By The Bilderberg Group

One of Leeds most promising bands of recent years have delivered their second album in order to broaden our education. 13 lessons sumptuous in their pedigree, quoting such mighty folk as The Beatles (SGT Pepper onwards), The Velvet Underground, Belle & Sebastian and The Beta Band. Subtly and melody is key, no noisy axe ramming or pointless fret wibbling here, just layered harmonies and experimentations with vintage keyboards and tweed guitar sounds.

Previous EP size encounters with TBG has found them hook laden and concentrated packages of melodic cleverness. It's an art to expand this over an album and although the good ideas are in abundance the full satisfaction level is never quite reached.

There's plenty to enjoy with such greats as the Lou Reed style shuffle on "Above from below", the cute "The Next Song" which quite literally introduces the next track, The Coral'esque "Davy Jones' locker", The Monkees harmony filled "Good Bad" and the fantastic addition of a full gospel choir on "The Gospel According to..."

Where the formula goes slightly awry is in the occasional moments where the album slips into the background such as the heel dragging "Monday morning march", the indistinct "Half-hearted" and the sample filled closing pair of "The Bilderberg Group" and "For-ever in the stars" which other than one novelty play will have the listener switching off the album 2 tracks early.

Most others barely come close to this level of quality and this is worthy of anyone's pocket money, but this is not quite the masterpiece TBG have been promising with their previous outings. That's the problem with such a good track record!



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On 12th May 2004 at 22:11 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

wonder if these guys like David Icke


On 16th May 2004 at 23:13 Anonymous 2566 wrote...

Probably not - just the shapeshifting lizards that he prances on about. Do not intend to make comments on music content because haven't had a chance to listen but the name.... cliche among conspiracy theorists perhaps?


On 18th May 2004 at 20:15 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

That makes less sence then one of sam saunder's extreme ramblings


On 18th May 2004 at 21:51 Anonymous 13 wrote...

That's a vile accusation ... leave the poor guy alone.


On 18th May 2004 at 22:06 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

Harsh but fair


On 19th May 2004 at 09:22 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Senility does it to all of us so beware!


On 19th May 2004 at 10:39 Anonymous 2581 wrote...

I like em, got a copy of their CD. Its varied and happy, melancholic and cheeky all at the same time. I especially like the badger artwork!

There is one track that sounds a bit like the theme to Only fools and horses, but until someone pointed it out to me, i hadnt noticed. Can't wait to catch em live though, ittl be a breeze. Plus they were cool on the BBC Raw Talent interview. Best of Luck to em.



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