Giant Steps

Giant Steps

by The Boo Radleys
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Titling an album after John Coltrane's masterpiece may well seem the height of pretension, but heck, it never stopped the Replacements from a similar move vis-a-vis the Beatles. As it is, the title is perfectly justified -- Carr, a Coltrane aficionado among many other things, here finally leads his band from the…  See more details below

Overview

Titling an album after John Coltrane's masterpiece may well seem the height of pretension, but heck, it never stopped the Replacements from a similar move vis-a-vis the Beatles. As it is, the title is perfectly justified -- Carr, a Coltrane aficionado among many other things, here finally leads his band from the promising to the truly inspired. With the inventive, groundbreaking Lazarus EP as a touchstone (the title track is included here in an unfortunately abbreviated form), the Boos self-produce themselves to new heights. The genius of the Boos definitely lies in their ability to adapt many a different touch and make it their own, taking what are often straightforward, hooky pop songs and turning them into something more, an ability Giant Steps shows in spades. The old fuzz blast is here, but less beholden to the likes of My Bloody Valentine, instead drawing on Carr's wide-ranging tastes (Beach Boys, psych-pop, Human League/New Order-inspired arrangements) to reach different, individual conclusions. From the near free-noise wash of "Run My Way Runway" to the soaring pop blast of "Barney (...and Me)," a poignant, nostalgiac lyric backed by a thrilling overall performance, the band does little wrong. Brown and Cjeka effectively incorporate dub
eggae rhythms, as "Lazarus" itself showed they could do, blending in loping, funky skank to "Upon 7th and Fairchild" and the fantastic "Butterfly McQueen." Carr's guitar work is much more distinctly his own throughout the album, with often volcanic, inspired soloing adding a huge, echoed sound to many of the songs. A number of guest performers help, notably Steve Kitchen on brass; his trumpet and flugelhorn parts and flourishes add jazzy touches throughout, at times reminiscent of Miles Davis' work on Sketches of Spain.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2001
Label:
Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC:
5099747413322
catalogNumber:
474133
Rank:
63400

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boo Radleys   Primary Artist
Christy Moore   Trumpet
Moose   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Nick Addison   Vocals
Meriel Barham   Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Keith Cameron   Vocals
Martin Carr   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Rob Cieka   Percussion,Drums
Margaret Fiedler   Cello
Guy Fixsen   Vocals
Lindsay Johnston   Cello
Steve Kitchen   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kle   Vocals
Yvette Lacey   Vocals
Laurence   Vocals
Yvette Lavey   Vocals
Jackie Roy   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Sice   Vocals
Timothy Brown   Bass,Keyboards
Russell Yates   Hand Clapping
Jackie Toy   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
K.J. "Moose" McKillop   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Chris Moore   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Martin Carr   Producer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Alan Moulder   Remixing
Andy Wilkinson   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Boo! Productions   Producer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >