Beatsongs [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Aeroplanes keep the arty groove going on their follow-up to Swagger, with little specifically changing about them or their general approach. There is one notable difference, namely the departure of John Langley on drums. Replacement Paul Mulreany does a fine enough job, at points offering up some fairly tight as opposed to stiff percussion; the band otherwise chugs along as before. Langley's lyrical sense and delivery still does the business, his elaborate wordplay and rich metaphors avoiding preciousness on the one hand and doggerel on the other. Recording the album mostly in L.A. didn't seem to affect them any either; while producer Larry Hirsch doesn't do much ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The Aeroplanes keep the arty groove going on their follow-up to Swagger, with little specifically changing about them or their general approach. There is one notable difference, namely the departure of John Langley on drums. Replacement Paul Mulreany does a fine enough job, at points offering up some fairly tight as opposed to stiff percussion; the band otherwise chugs along as before. Langley's lyrical sense and delivery still does the business, his elaborate wordplay and rich metaphors avoiding preciousness on the one hand and doggerel on the other. Recording the album mostly in L.A. didn't seem to affect them any either; while producer Larry Hirsch doesn't do much different from what Gil Norton did on Swagger, he keeps everything sounding just fine. A running U.K. music press joke at the time had the group appearing à la superheroes in sticky situations and putting on "spontaneous rock & roll concerts" to save the day. It may seem odd, but the sound of the Aeroplanes on Beatsongs, just loose enough on the one hand and excellently performed on the other, actually fits that description rather well. Songs like "My Hurricane," which manages to sound both quite intense and nicely relaxed at the same time, or the surprising but quite successful cover of Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble" add to the overall quality. "Huh" kicks everything off with understated fire, and with Langley in fine vocal form as always. Many other fine high points are the slow, measured, lovely chiming and pace of "Cardboard Box," and "Jack Leaves/Back Spring" and its lovely, rustic atmosphere. Rodney Allen once again takes a lead vocal turn at points, on his own upbeat music-resigned lyric confection "Fun" and the enjoyable, sprightly semi-R&B of "Streamers," both times doing the business with style. [The 2012 reissue on Cherry Red adds a second disc made up of B-sides, compilation tracks, outtakes and a couple of previously unreleased songs: "Buoy" and "Mean Time."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929155138
  • Catalog Number: 2915513
  • Sales rank: 103,285

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blue Aeroplanes Primary Artist
The Jazz Butcher Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Angelo Bruschini Acoustic Guitar, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Bell Guitars
Wojtek Dmochowski Dancer
Ian Kearey Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Marxophone
J.J. Key Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Gerard Langley Vocals
David Mansfield Bouzouki, Violin, Electric Violin
Jerry Marotta Drums
Paul Mulreany Percussion, Drums
Elaine Summers Vocals
Andy McCreeth Bass
Rodney Allen Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robin Key Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Alex Lee Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Hazel Winter Electric Guitar
Danny Timms Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Composer
Angelo Bruschini Composer, Producer
Mark Guilbeault Engineer
Larry Hirsch Producer, Engineer
Ian Kearey Composer
J.J. Key Composer, Programming, Producer
Gerard Langley Composer, Producer
Paul Mulreany Composer
Ann Sheldon Paintings, Cover Painting
Ben Findlay Composer, Engineer
Forere Motloheloa Composer
Andy Allan Engineer
Andy McCreeth Composer
Brian Saucy Engineer
Rodney Allen Composer
Robin Key Composer
Alex Lee Composer
Hazel Winter Composer
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