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Bottom of Barrels by Tilly And The Wall

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Reviewed on 27th September 2006.


Bottom of Barrels

By Tilly And The Wall

Sometimes the best ideas appear from the most unconventional of sources. Tilly And The Wall are no exception. Without anyone they can call a genuine drummer, instead they rely on a tap dancer in the form of female band member Jamie Williams. Whilst I realise that I may have just put your typical hard rock fan off, I would advise you to give this record a chance because their happens to be much more substance (although don't expect no Led Zeppelin). Anyway, Tilly And The Wall's second album Bottoms Of Barrels is the follow up to the critically acclaimed debut record Wild Like Children.

Tilly And The Wall have an unusual, joyous pop sound tinged with 60's influences and powered by youthful spirit. The instrumentation is hugely varied, relying on the warmth of the acoustic guitar, quirky keys, piano, strings, and a wide range of percussion, (which includes the feet of Jamie Williams). Let it be noted that the tap dancing is a mainstay throughout the record and a key component of the Tilly sound. Vocally the rich country-tinged harmonised vocals from Kianna, Neely & Derek speak volumes, cutting through the mix like a hot knife through butter.

The level of songwriting is brilliant, often displaying the viewpoint of a somewhat lost teenager, and it is that particular angle that makes the lyrical content so charming. But beyond the charm lays a more unsettling source... in the incredibly dark, and moving song Lost Girls, inspired by the tale of artist Henry Darger whose thousands of pages of writing and hundreds of paintings of lost, distressed children were discovered by his landlord when Henry was discovered dead. As ironic as it may seem the most sinister song on the album is arguably the highlight of this incredibly fun record. Other notable mentions must go to the heavily percussive Sings Songs Along, which features an extremely catchy chorus, the happy and reflective The Freest Man, and the hugely enjoyable Bad Education, which features an array of flamenco influences.

Beyond the huge melting pot of quirky ideas is a wonderfully peculiar, fun and celebratory pop record that leaves you wanting more and more. It may take several listens to really hit home, but if your looking for something a little unique & refreshing, look no further...



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