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Hello, Texas Radio Band; REVIEW.

Texas Radio Band: Bluescreen LP (Out Now on iTunes) BLUESCREEN existed, unreleased, for almost two years until those at I Ka Ching Records saw fit to take it and then share it with a deserving public.

In truth, the record could have been released any time in the past 20 years. It sounds timeless in a way only pop music can - but it is difficult to determine how much that is to Texas Radio Band's credit.

A first half is solid and, at times, highly enjoyable aside from the oft-cited and unavoidable references to Super Furry Animals. It seems happy to rattle along in this groove but the tightly packed psychedelic pop can at times be a little compressed and claustrophobic. Standout moments do produce masterfully worked harmonies.

Halfway point, Telescope is the first time a song is given a chance to breathe and the result is a lush piano-led ballad. It is Gruff Rhys by the way of Burt Bacharach - compliments do not come much higher. They really don't. Following behind is Ahora Se, a fuzzy swell of strings and electronics. It is beautiful and matches its predecessor in magnificence.

To close Bluescreen we are given In the Valley and Used to Be. They both have a strange quality. An almost instant guilty pleasure status - it is all distinctly Fleetwood Mac. And that will always be brilliant, no matter what anyone says. A truly excellent second side.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Nov 4, 2011
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