By Mr Hudson And The Library
I first caught this band on the Jools Holland show some months ago and to say that I saw a group of quirky individuals would be a huge understatement. The front man looked like a strangely dressed ego-centric, the guy on keys was sporting a contender for what could only be described as the world's biggest afro, and to top things off, the drummer was wearing a glittery cardigan that looked like he'd just stolen from his grandmothers wardrobe. Needless to say, I was impressed by what I saw (and heard), so it was only natural that I was intrigued to find out what this 4-track album sampler would bring.
The sampler begins with the band's recent single 'Too Late, Too Late' and if I'm being completely honest, it's one of the biggest ska-pop songs your ever likely to hear. Period. The low throbbing bassline is perhaps one of the most enjoyable I've ever heard, and the reflective cry of 'why must I always play the clown' is a hook of epic proportions. The respective 2nd and 3rd offerings, 'Picture Of You' and 'Brave The Cold' are two songs which have a slight r&b approach and they are both equally immediate, and the final track on the sampler, 'Ghosts', is more of a melancholic number (and sounds like a more competent Badly Drawn Boy) yet still retains the enormous pop appeal of the previous 3 tracks.
Judging by the standards of this 4-track taster, the London based band's debut album A Tale Of Two Cities should be huge. There is a confidence that comes across in their music, a sense of freshness and a unique touch that refuses to be ignored... an astonishing feat for a band that only formed just over a year ago. Mr Hudson & co. remind me of a contemporary version of The Police and if they continue to churn out hits as this they just might even have potential to be just as successful, and I'm left in doubt whatsoever that when people talk of British pop music in 2007, Mr Hudson And The Library will be a band that are mentioned in the same breath.