2000 - Progress Music - PRO-001
Songs (Click the -icons
for some small realaudio-samples)
No Mind's World
2. Faling Birds
4. Una Corbata (One Tie acoustic)
5. Goodbye to my hero
6. Drunken Butterfly
7. Lazy King
8. Really fucked up ... too much
14. So Shy
15. Ordinary man
16. Like a Girl's crime
Recorded by Phil Hall
Produced by Vanilla Coke & Rudy Coclet
Artwork : Frederick M. (hypnotized.org)
This is by far the worst CD that I've been reviewing in these last couple of
years... Not very objective, perhaps, and certainly not very gentle, but can I
help it? I hate it!
Vanilla Coke isn't starved of good intentions, enthousiasm or cheerfullness. And
the group won the biggest talent contest of Wallonia "Concourt-circuit"
two years ago. And they are mentioned in that part of the country in one breath
with talented newcomers such as Ghinzu, Grandpiano,
Sharko and others all the time. But these are served
badly by doing so.
After perhapes 15 spins or more, I still can't name more than a handful of songs
that stuck in my mind (and my memory seems to still be working OK, thanks for
the concern...). That's because the main part of the songs suffers from a lack
of colour, bland melodies, and overdose of clichés and on top of all that
an english accent that is so gross that even the producers of Allô Allô
would have hesitated when hearing it. Listen to "Really fucked up .. too
much" or"Gaelic", and feel your toes curl out of vicarious shame.
Presidents of the United States of Amnesia.
Rather nicer are the humour of the cd-booklet (a sort of advertising leaflet for
a small supermarket , offering a "flexible guitar player, can be used as
a useful table or organ player", a"singer delivered with a beer-stuffed
belly & striped tie" and "long-haired percussion man very useful
to pick-up girls after show"), and with a bit of goodwill the songs "Una
Corbata", "Goodbye my Hero", "Drunken Butterfly" and"Sonny"
(that last one the only that isn't suffering from the baroc of their "baroc'n'roll").
This "Supermarket" will be having a bargain sale soon, I guess. And
I'm afraid there are preciously little "Happy Days" points to be won.
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
This Album in the Press
-Laurent Hoebrechts in La Libre Belgique : "Un album
qui arrive à capturer l'énergie des scènes écumées
depuis 2ans. Typiquement le genre de plaque qui-ne-révolutionne-rien-mais-qui-fait-du-
bien-là-où-ça-passe. Tout en permettant d'affiner la perception
que l'on pouvait avoir du groupe que l'on avait souvent tendance, au vu de ses
concerts, à classer dans la catégorie rigolo."
- RTBf : "Déjà solidement rompu à l'exercice
de la scène, Vanilla Coke franchit le cap du premier album, avec panache.
Le CD "Supermarket" rassemble tout ce qui caractérise ce groupe
atypique : audace, générosité, trouvailles et auto-dérision.
Voilà une bien bonne affaire pour le rock belge."
- bb in Rif-Raf (ed.ned.) : "Baroc'n'roll, zo noemen de heren van
Vanilla Coke hun stijl. Deze groep brengt inderdaad een soort met kitsch overgoten
rock'n'roll ... Helaas is drie vierde van "Supermarket" doordeweeks
en soms zelfs saai. Het ontbreekt Vanilla coke gewoon aan een eigen smoel".
The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't
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.
Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop
with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations
: let me know.
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