Cross Talk

Cross Talk

by The Pretty Things



Who would have thought it? Reunited after splitting in the mid-'70s, the Pretty Things return with a new wave album. It's not what anyone might have expected, but it's very far from a disaster. The stop-on-a-dime arrangements and natural power show them to be well-seasoned, and Phil May, with an extremely mannered voice, comes across as a taunting frontman. In fact, you tend to feel that if Thin Lizzy had eased up on the metal, they might have made an album very much like this -- great, catchy songs based in R&B and old rock & roll ("Lost That Girl") -- but with the tongue firmly in cheek (check the Sting imitation on "No Future") while pandering to fashion. But when the results are as good as the jangly "Office Love" or "I'm Calling," you really don't care where the tongue's residing. There's a sense of history about the '50s drums on "Falling Again" that no young bucks could ever match, nor could they come close to the band's overall professionalism or stinging guitar work of Peter Tolson. Any of these ten tracks would have made a great single and by rights should have returned the band to major-name status. But justice is thin on the ground in music and instead it became one of the lost Pretties albums -- a shame, since in its own lighter way, it's every bit as good as their classic albums of a decade earlier. Some reunions don't work; this one just roars.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2007
Label: Repertoire
UPC: 4009910493526
catalogNumber: 4935

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pretty Things   Primary Artist
Phil May   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Dick Taylor   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
John Povey   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Pete Tolson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Wally Allen Waller   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
John Wilson   Drums
Skip Alan   Drums,Vocals
Willy Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Jon Astley   Producer
Brian Burrows   Sleeve Remix
Philip Chapman   Producer
Simon Smart   Engineer
Phil Champman   Producer
Richard Whaley   Engineer
Rich Warfield   Logo Design
Mark St. John   Engineer,Liner Notes

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