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Electric Six - Flashy LP

posted Oct 6, 2008, 2:26 AM by Johnny Blonde   [ updated Jan 6, 2009, 2:29 PM ]
Release Date: 21/10/2008

Welcome to album number five for the six from Detroit, does it dissapoint? Not really. The first track will drag in tempted listeners purely for the title, 'Gay Bar Pt.2' which is a song cross referencing everything Electric Six from the shouts of Solo! and the many song titles dropped in "She was my Dark Angel every night.." it then proceeds to slag off the 'shits demanding Gay Bar Pt.2'. This mariachi backed track is one of the best openers off an album this year and the track that follows it takes it up a notch. Supposedly the lead track off the album that didn't quite make it to single stage is 'Formula 409' a track with a hot riff and over the top vocals and in many ways out-doing what the band has ever done before. There may be reasons for this.

Flashy is the result of the most stable form of Electric Six in years as bar a bassist change the line-up has remained the same for the last three albums and as a result we are seeing a very comfortable band on this record and things are sounding very tight even by Dick Valentine standards. Even loose tracks like 'Graphic Designer' have a precise edge to them.

If you have been following Electric Six's progress through the last 5 years and 5 albums then you'll notice how each album is different yet stylisitic of the band, unlike Oasis where it's the same formula, same sound time and time again. I use them as an example as both albums are being released around the same time. That being said there are plenty of anthems on the album with the big guitar sound and sub-falsetto vocals which are chantworthy and fucking catchy, you'll listen to 'We Were Witchy Witchy White Women' once and never forget it same as 'Heavy Women' which more stomping and sinister sounding than most on the album.

Then we come to my favorite track of the album which is situated near the end of the tracklisting, waiting, lurking about ready to slide up against your ears and soothe you in a way in which you know it shouldn't, 'Transatlantic Flight' is the name of this game where you get to hear a love story on a red-eye flight narrated by a ghost who went through the ordeal. Lyrically it's the most clever of the album and the music is there moving it all along with an eerie synth riff, good stuff indeed.

The album ends with an upbeat track called 'Making Progress', a retrospective track on the bands own progress? possibly, you'll have to find that out.

Dick Valentine and his Electric Six are still hitting their stride and you'd be a fool not to even give this a spin on myspace, you'll be witnessing something great and underapreciated in modern music. But maybe that's it, you would'nt be able to make this if you were above the radar. 'Closing is the gift of the nightshift'.

Best Tracks:
Transatlantic Flight
Formula 409
Watching Evil Empires Fall Apart
We Were Witchy Witchy White Women

&&&&& - The Kill Times verdict: Five ampersands out of Six.

Review by JB

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