Music Reviews

Feb 18 2006
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Artist: ABOUT
Title: Bongo
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Listening to About debut album, BONGO, it seems impossible that the brain of only one guy created all this. Coming from Amsterdam, Rutger Hoedemaekers did a great album. It is pop as hell and incredibly it sounds like an electronic freak. Try to imagine Devo, Simon & Garfunkel and Sid Barret all blended and played by a broken CD player. The opening "Think Niles drink" seems a grunge track made out of broken CDs. Have you ever listened how a broken CD sounds? Well, it is amazing how well the stops and go of a guitar that seems repeating itself 'til death fit a pop song. Each track sound different from the previous one, so you'll find different kind of pop songs but all sounding played by a dee jay that was used to play breakbeat techno. The melodies created by Rutger recalled me the English indipendent pop bands of the 80s: Talulah Gosh, Altered Images, etc. My wife asked me if I was listening to a defective CD. Well, it could sound like that but it has a lot of good melodies and ideas. You'll find one minutes tunes like "She knows everything about all who ever drank coffee without her" and you'll ask yourself how a simple song can stick in your head. Watch out, pop is infective!



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