On 7th August 2007 at 09:51 Anonymous 13 wrote...
"reeling in the ears" !!! nice one. I like the review even more than the record.
By Bobby Cook
The 33rd release from Leeds' Dance To The Radio label is a sure signal that the label is looking to build up a roster of varied talent rather than channelling any one particular niche. With The Pigeon Detectives having become Radio 1 favourites, Bobby Cook may soon find himself flying the DTTR flag on Radio 2 or 6 Music with his slightly country tinged pop whirlwinds. The acoustic guitar driven 'Deja Vu' bounces along with an infectious melody and Cook's beautifully straining vocals reeling in the ears whilst sending the feet into involuntary spasms across the floor. There's a great summery pop feel to the tune but an underlying raw power that gives the impression this song would be somewhat of a sonic explosion live, a rousing sing-a-long that still retains all of its simple pop charm and grace.
This single sounds not dissimilar to Stereo/Mono era Paul Westerberg which is a very fine thing indeed. Backed with a demo track, 'Back To Bed' which has Cook's voice cracking with a Ryan Adams esque fragility before blossoming out into something stronger and even prettier, this is one of DTTR's finest moments so far. Bobby Cook; write it down, buy the record, then pull out the shiny 7" vinyl in six months time with an air of smugness, once your UNCUT toting friends finally catch on.