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Lay of the Cutlery Shiva by Dr Strangemoose

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Reviewed on 1st July 2003.


Lay of the Cutlery Shiva

By Dr Strangemoose

Surely a better name for this 7 song mini-album would have been "...I presume" and you should always be wary of bands that use made up "Funk" words like "Shiva" and include song titles that sound like an Aztec ruin - exhibit A: "Ja Sam Nakaza". Also be doubly wary of CDs passed onto you by another reviewer who refuses to review it on principle... he shall remain nameless for his own protection.

Bright young things and battle of the band specialists Dr Strangemoose weigh in with their rather thin funk and spoil it by singing over the top of it. This may have had a chance had it taken a leaf out of JTQ's book and instrumentally pumped up the beat, but instead we're given vocal rants that belong in the free music tents of protest marches. There's no doubting that Dr S can play (good drums, excellent sax, suitable bass) and maybe a residency in a good funk joint would help them beef up their sound for the demanding crowds. But the vocalists and the lyric writer (particularly of the chief culprit "King Shoes" - spine shiver!) would have to sit at the bar watching from the sidelines.



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On 29th July 2003 at 09:39 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Sorry you think that...I don't recall saying I didn't like the genre and I have to review every cd I'm sent. Turning the coin on the head - if you are expecting a good review everytime, then why bother sending a CD in, if you know what the outcome will be?


On 29th July 2003 at 14:51 Anonymous 150 wrote...

Personally I think the review you gave was fine, it's honest which is what I wanted. Though I do take issue with your calling my sax playing 'excellent'!

And we'll certainly use your suggestion for the next EP title.

Keep the faith,

Al Strangemoose



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