90 Day Men
There's never been a better time to make a pitch for political power when you consrder that giiiips like Schv-rarzenegger are being taken seriously. In the People's Republic of Carolyn there'd be no space for bland. over-produced pop that's only apprecrated by old dears who watch GMTV. Not content wrth starring in Neighbours, Delta Goodrem releases ‘Innocent Eyes' (Sony) O , a monotonous power ballad about youth. Other dry boak- inducing tunes are Kim Marsh's 'Sentrmental' (island) 0 and Parsley punter David Sneddon's MOR mum music. 'Baby Get Higher' (Mercury) 0. . Frankly comrades. is this the sort of music you want impressionable youngsters exposed to? Do y0u want to see kids cutting about in cardigans? On the home front. progress is vrsrble. Perth boys Tenesse Kait exude promise with the stop-start alt rock of ‘Vaseline Smile' (Buzz) 000 . Lexxi (demo) 0... . performers of melodic indie rock should also be commended for 'Sooner or Later'. Singer/ guitarist L0uise has a rare mice that could compete for angst pornts with Fame Academy's Alex. Debut single ‘Clever Subject Line' from Edinburgh based Speaking in Capitals (Agony) O. is lo-fi emo With suitably abstract song titles. while Glasgow‘s Palomino could be mistaken fOr sons of Neil Young with their debut EP. ‘Miss the Rain (Console) .0 . Representing the Berders are Stick Finlays wrth ‘Return To Zero‘. a guitar heavy slice of roaring alt rock (demo) I.
The Canadians. however. are remarkable. Scout Niblett delivers gorgeous Chan Marshall-esque vocals on the strangely delightful ‘I Will Be a Prince' (Too Pure) 00.. and Broken Social Scene's 'Cause :. Time' (Mercury) 00.. is a melodious rock-pop track tinged wrth an intense air.
Tony Massera gives us some Asian-inspired house with ‘lndian Vibes' (Skyline) O. . while Genral Levy vs Zeus feat Bally Jagpat go further and combine ragga wrth ASran sounds on ‘Shake (What Ya Mama Gave Ya‘) (EastWest) 0.0
Mark Owen returns with 'Alone Without You' (Universal) 000 . a good bit of melodic guitar pop. while Daniel Bedingtield shamelessly takes M-People's crown of making dance musrc for people who only dance at work nights out with ‘Friday' (Polydor) 0
Although Electric Six. have been paramount in keeping up morale with the infectious rock nonsense of ‘Dance Commander' (XL)
000 . Single of the Fortnight goes to Chicago-based 90 Day Men for their ‘Too Late or Too Dead' EP (Seuthern) COO. . The dramatic piano and whispering. breathy vocals from Brian Case make beautifully, intense listening. Viva la revolution. (Carolyn Rae)
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