Beatsongs [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]

Beatsongs [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]

by The Blue Aeroplanes
     
 
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

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2013
Label:
Cherry Red Uk
UPC:
5013929155138
catalogNumber:
2915513
Rank:
122620

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Aeroplanes   Primary Artist
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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