Another great revelation here, another reason to do this challenge, to read this book and make sure I check out the albums I haven’t previously hear. I know The Beau Brummels as reference only. If I’d ever previously heard any of their music I’d never stopped to identify it; I’m sure I’ve never head them. Now I want to go through all the albums – but there’s enough here for starters, as this won’t be a one-listen, tick-the-box exercise. I’ve already played this a bunch. Shit, I reckon you could damn-near tell someone (like me) that this was actually an album recorded in 2004 or 2008 or 2016 or the late-nineties at least, a young hopeful band hoping to channel that pastoral, psychedelic pop of the 1960s.
But no, this is the actual source. This is one of the things those post-Britpop bands were discovering, loving and tracing around.
Good songs here – the songwriting partnership solidifying. Also a kick-ass Randy Newman cover, which is reason enough for me to be interested in this album, as I keep collecting cover versions of Newman songs from the time when he was better known for his compositions than his own versions.
All good things here. Easy-listening happiness that’s neither coy or twee. Smart wee songs, perfect performances. A winning album. So glad to have it and to hear it – finally. The Beau Brummels: one of those bands on my long-list of must-get-around-to-hearing. And now finally I have. Success!