Thursday, June 12, 2008

Angles - Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip

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As good as Thou Shalt Always Kill was, there was always the danger that it would prove to be a one off novelty for Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip. That the follow up single, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, made it as my top single of 2007 proved that there was life beyond novelty for the duo, but still the doubts remained. Could they sustain the "phat beats" (I believe that's what they are called these days) and the lyrical witticisms over the course of a full album.

The answer is "not quite" but they come perilously close.

Lyrically, Scroobius Pip certainly has a lot to say and a lot of it is worth listening to. You may not always agree with what he says (although, really, who can argue with "thou shalt not read NME"?) but there is little in the way of banality. And Dan Le Sac matches the brilliance of the lyrics step for step with some amazingly catchy tunes.

Of course not everything hits that spot, and there are a handful of tracks where the skip track function becomes necessary, but overall this is a very good debut album indeed.

And lets face it, where else are you going to find a song dedicated to Tommy Cooper in 2008? And though I know of a good friend of mine who would totally disagree (Hello Jazz Hands) "beauty is more than a nice pair of tits".

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