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31 Mar 14
The album. Infernal Love is a strange fruit. At the time of release (1995, just 1 year after the uber-accessible Troublegum) it seemed to be a deliberate departure from their previous effort. It jettisoned most of the metal and youthful anger and replaced them with more thoughtful (and much darker) lyrics, electronic interludes (courtesy of David Holmes) and a load of cello (from future full member, Martin McCarrick). Needless to say this probably displeased some of the Kerrang reading element of Therapy's fanbase (it also got a 5 star review in Q magazine which is probably a mixed blessing).
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31 Mar 14
The album. After finding some success on the alternative scene with a few mini-albums and a rough and ready major release (1992's excellent Nurse) Therapy went into the studio to record what would be their undoubted commercial peak. Troublegum found that all important gap in the market between the wavering Metal/Grunge scenes and the alternative/Brit Pop scene that was about to sweep the charts. Recorded with their classic lineup of Andy Cairns, Michael McKeegan and Fyfe Ewing, the opening of "Knives/Screamager/Hellbelly/Stop It You're Killing Me" is as immediate as they come.
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02 Sep 13
In recent years The Beach Boys have, perhaps unwittingly, made a name for themselves as the kings of the tacky compilation. Wikipedia reckons that they had 3 out last year: there was the 50th Anniversary Collection 'Zinepak (a Walmart "exclusive"...rock n' roll), then there was 50 Big Ones: Greatest Hits, and finally they put out the eagerly anticipated Greatest Hits. This is just what we've come to expect, you'll regularly come across other collections in bargain bins across the globe. With Made In California though, there seems to be an air of credibility about the whole thing.
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03 Jun 13
By 1967 Scott Walker stood at the cusp of solo superstardom. Recently split from his fellow “brothers”, Walker, still a teen idol, prepared his solo career. Would America finally fall for its ex-pat, would he be the new Sinatra? A golden voiced crooner selling millions to a new generation of listeners? It was with this air expectation that launched an astonishing run of albums. History tells us this was, and is, hyperbole. Of course Walker never became the figure which so many at the time predicted.