Songs (Click the -icons
for some small realaudio-samples)
Dud, Dud, Dud
3. A Head in the Clouds
4. Mocking Town
5. The Last Page
6. Astronauts & Acrobats
7. I'm All I've Got
8. Let's Look Around
10. Deaf and Blind
11. Crawling Dog
12. Dud, Dud Too
Songs : Fred Maenhout Arrangements : Staf Verbeeck
Published by Team 4 Action
- Fred Maenhout : vocals, guitars
- Staf Verbeeck : keyboards, piano's, programming.
- Laurens Leurs : backing vocals
- Neeka (ilse Govaerts) : backing vocals
- Tjenne Berghmans : guitars
- Frank Coonen, Tom De Wulf, Fernand Buyls : drums
- Thierry Goffeau : bass
Production : Fred & Staf Recorded at "different locations and studio's somewhere between 1996
Cover painting : Chantal Talbot. Sleeve : Michel Vanherwegen
Squeeze, Happy Mondays, Nits, Feelies, Nits, Crowded House ... is the barrel
of examples from which the duo Fred Maenhout (in a former life a member
of the Belgian bands The Office and the Candy Dates, later went to live in England
and then came back to his home turf) and Staf Verbeeck (another former
Candy Dates, but with a greater reputation as the producer/sound technician of
bands such as Metal Molly ...) found their sound on "Vertival Divine".
Apparently, it was a rather hard-fought labour of love, as most of the songs on
the album were recorded in the period 1996-1998. After that, they were released
on an obscure Japanese label, and now made available for everybody and reworked
as "Vertical Divine" in June 2000. Although, avalailable is perhaps
not such a good term for this CD, as the record company Oyster Records
went broke only weeks after the release (other victims include Neeka,
The Romans, The
Romans, and good old Tom Robinson) making you'll have to look around a bit
to still find a copy. But if you were to succeed in getting one, you'd probably
not regret it.
The result of this calvary / quest are 11 fine popsongs (with an extra Werner
Pensaert-remix of one of these 11 on top). The vocals are of great quality, the
arrangements nice 'n light and with the right feeling. In short: easy to digest.
The flipside of that medal is that some songs seem to lack a bit saltl. This CD
misses a cherry on the cake, a "where did we go wrong".
None of the 11 songs is a disaster, but there is no hi-flyer among them either,
no melody that you can't get out of your head once you heard four bars. The only
ones that come close to that goal are "Crawling Dog", "Astronauts
& Acrobats" or a few moments of the very beautiful and Beatles-esque
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This Album in the Press
- 6bears : "Résultat de l'aparté, un album riche comme pas deux
et pop par excellence. Comme quoi, il n'y a pas qu'en Angleterre où le genre est
roi. Un premier album qui on l'espère pour les amateurs du genre ne sera pas qu'un
unique coup d'essais. On les attend au tournant, alors!".
- Jempi Samyn in Stage : "... 11 netjes afgewerkte songs. Freds
stem roept vaak herinneringen op aan die van wijlen John Lennon waardoor de meeste
songs onvermijdelijk een Beatles-sfeertje bevatten ... Door de inbreng van een
flinke dosis krachtig gespeelde gitaarriffs en strakke ritmes, bevatten de songs
op deze cd de nodige dynamiek de ze bijzonder geschikt maakt voor fuiven en feestjes."
- J&BD in Mofo : "malgré la présence d'arrangements
technologiques, "Vertical Divine" épouse un profil contagieux,
hyper mélodique, parfois post new wave, hérité en ligne droite
de Squeeze. Même les voix sont aussi soignées. Et ça, c'est
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take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more
than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
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: let me know.
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