Friday, May 18, 2007

Sing Sing - The Joy Of Sing Sing

Another band you might not be familiar with, but if you're a fan of previous posts, you're bound to be interested in them. After the saddened death of Chris Aclund of Lush, the band broke up after a long career spanning 4 albums. During 1997, Emma Anderson met vocalist Lisa O'Neil, and along with Elastica's drummer Justin Walsh, began to record a demo. This four track demo was produced by Mark Van Hoen (Locust), and eventually found it's way on to the the desk of Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), and they released the debut single 'Feels Like Summer' on their label Bella Union. We come now to this album, released under Alan McGee's (Creation Records) Poptones Label. Firstly, don't expect to be looking for an album that's showcasing the sound that was Lush, it's not there. What is there is beautiful harmonic pop. Emma has long since ditched (or escaped?) that sound, and has perhaps has moved into a better direction. This album has some terrific material, and one that should be on your shopping list for next you visit the record stores. Though not mind blowing, it does set of a lot of firecrackers. It could easily one of your favorite albums of the year, or at least will be one you enjoy greatly.

Track 1, Everything

Track 2, Tegan

Track 3, I'll Be

Track 4, Me And My Friend

Track 5, Far Away From Love

Track 6, Panda Eyes

Track 7, Command

Track 8, Feels Like Summer

Track 9, Emigre

Track 10, You Don't Know

Track 11, Underage

Track 12, I Can See You

US Manifesto Records 2002, MFO43501

Personal rating 4.5/5