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Hide, Run Away by BC Camplight

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Reviewed on 5th November 2005.


Hide, Run Away

By BC Camplight

BC Camplight is one man band Brian Christinzio who has been described as an "American Badly Drawn Boy", a description which should be taken with a healthy pinch of salt and more for its fashionable status than its truth. The biog comparisons to Burt Bacharach and ELO are much more apt and can have added to them in capital letters BEN FOLDS. The comparison is so strong in fact that the marketing department probably made a tactical omission. So yes the key here is piano led sunny day tunes sounding occasionally like The Thrills but thankfully with Bacharach's ear for a subtle melody rather than blatant pop. The album is definitely a grower but whether it ever reaches full bloom is questionable. Opening duo "Couldn't You Tell" and the punchy "Blood and Peanut Butter" are with out question the best songs on the album so by about track 7 onwards it's easy to find your mind wandering in musical blur. "Wouldn't Mind the Sunshine" has an air of a song that's been around for millennia as well structured as it is, while "Parapaleejo" could easily have been penned by Canadian power-pop outfit "The New Pornographers". Mr Christinzio may with time become a graduate with honours from the Brian Wilson School and for now this a pleasant album for background listening on pleasant days.



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