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The Band Who Knew Too Much – Eat Sleep Work
Review by Chris Spencer
The latest album from The Band Who Knew Too Much continues in the same vein as their last album Come On Let’s Go. Recorded in 2007, this album features mostly originals written in various styles with a couple of interesting covers. The fi rst three tracks “I Thought I Heard Someone”, “Stunted” and “Givin’ it Away” are upbeat, dancey ska tracks, the second featuring the piano accordion. Their interpretation of “Lachlan Tigers” is upbeat and a bit unusual featuring the piano accordion again. However, by track six “100,000 Lights On” the band decide to slow the pace with a cruisy reggae tune with an electric guitar solo (I’m starting to get interested now!). However, by tracks seven, nine and 10 – “I Fall into Your Eyes”, “Laundry Bag Blues” and “Know Your Product” – the beat is back to ska and we’re dancing again. Their version of the Saints’ “Know Your Product” is welcome – a different arrangement to the original and I can hear all the words! Track eight “Boogie Man” is not a boogie, but a slow rock ballad, with another great electric guitar solo by Craig Fermanis. “We’d Ride” is one of the album’s highlights – it’s a bouncy ballad, with an excellent clarinet solo that extols the pleasures of bicycle riding. “Some of These Days” is a jazzy number while the last ska tune “She’s Gone” about a girlfriend who has left the singer, featuring a funky ska beat and a moog sound, has a hidden track – an enjoyable rock folk instrumental that seems left over from the “Boogie Man” recording session. The strength of the album is the song writing of three different members Dave Evans, Andy Reid and Shannon Birchall; I assume all take turns on vocals – there’s one with a deep voice and another with a clear, higher pitch. An enjoyable experience.
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