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sábado, 23 de junio de 2018

Civil Tones • Vodka and Peroxide





Review by Stewart Mason
The long-delayed third album by St. Louis' Civil Tones continues in the style of its two predecessors, adding few new twists to their signature sound. On the other hand, the phrase "If it ain't broke" comes to mind. One of those rare contemporary instrumental combos that's not primarily a surf group, the overall feel of Vodka and Peroxide is that of a mid-'60s organ jazz combo (think of Jimmy Smith's Lalo Schifrin period) leapfrogged into the post-Medeski, Martin & Wood era and then given a crash course in Mancini-style easy listening and Booker T. & the MG's' vintage Southern soul. The '70s-style fusion funk of "Wasabi" notwithstanding, the overall feel here is slightly arch without devolving into ironic kitsch, and playful without disrespecting its influences. And they're not afraid of the water, either, as shown by a witty, surf-inflected rendition of the theme to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series that sounds more like a modern-day Ventures than the current cruise-ship lounge incarnation of that classic group. At nearly an hour, Vodka and Peroxide is a little long (the choogling rock of "Super Love Bomb" probably could have been omitted), but it maintains the listener's interest through the Civil Tones' gift for inventive and varied arrangements.

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Tracklist:
1 - Vodka And Peroxide
2 - Gin Soaked Olive
3 - Wasabi
4 - Papaya
5 - Junior's Back
6 - Pocket Watch Chain Gang
7 - Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Tv Theme)
8 - Mole
9 - Happy Feet
10 - Swingster
11 - Checkmate
12 - Skid
13 - Super Love Bomb

Label: Pravda Records ‎– PR6378
Released: 2003












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