Submitted by Burt Kocain on 30 September 2012 - 3:56am
What's it called?:
Uh ... "The Beauty Room II"
What does it sound like?:
1974. This is a surprise. It's fucking lovely. Won't smack you upside the haid first listen, but it's infested with devious earworms that make replays addictive. Basically, we're talking mid-tempo smooth here, a genre that can turn into sludge very easily. TBR manage to hold your attention with great chords, *harmonies!*, lyrics that don't sound too stupid or too smart. Subtle stuff. It's not a knowing, ironic take on smooth pop, either; hearts are worn on sleeves. There's *real* arrangements, *real* singing, and some very impressive studio chops going on. Occasional strings. A Traffic tune! Nicely inflected vocals, somewhere this side of mid-atlantic, democratically arranged - no standout solo vox. Nothing retro about it, it's timeless, although the type of music it sits happily next to is definitely mid-seventies.
What does it all *mean*?:
It means you'll want to search out their first album, where their influences are occasionally a tad too evident, but it's still another lovely piece of work.
Goes well with …:
Steely Dan, Alessi Brothers, the merest hint of Tears For Fears (in a good way), wooden decking, jeans and tee, light breeze ruffling the hair, a blonde stretched out along the bench seat of a T-Bird, or failing that, a park bench.
Might suit people who like …:
Kwalidee music for today people. Lifestyle afficionados. Java aesthetes. Or just ordinary slobs who enjoy a nice record.