- Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, CD
- Label: Sire-Wbr
- ASIN: B0000062VE
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
|1. One Of These Days|
|2. Goodbye Violet Race|
|3. Lucy's Shoe|
|4. Mungo City|
|6. Sand In Your Eyes|
|7. Captain Freeman|
|8. 2nd Avenue|
|9. Almond Kisses|
|10. Carry On|
|12. Beautiful Girl|
What is wrong with updating glam rock? While these generic, dime-a-dozen alterna-rock bands soak up the attention and praise, Spacehog is actually giving us new sounds to listen to and enjoy. All three albums have unique qualities that are characteristic of a band that puts time and effort into their songs and production. And for me, The Chinese Album is the one that stands out as being head and shoulders above the rest.
Queen and David Bowie meet up in these 12 songs with a crunchy sound that can easily slip into relevancy today. There is no way that a fan of the Jam can listen to Goodbye Violet Race, Mungo City, and Captain Freeman and not get a big grin on their face. Seriously, this stuff is good. Other standouts are Anonymous, Lucy's Shoe, Second Ave., and the pastoral Beautiful Girl.
So keep your generic three-chord rock if you must. But The Chinese Album is for anyone who wants something that's both fun and interesting.
Spacehog is one of them. This is simply pop done right, pure and simple and loud. Unfortunately, pop is so utterly common these days that people tend to forget about it, even when it's done very, very well, or to complain about it if it shows any depth or variety at all... Hence you've got some saying that Spacehog is utterly forgettable (perhaps it is), or way too derivative and giddy (of course it is) or perhaps too odd or diverse to be pop (maybe also true)...
But such people should stop analyzing Spacehog and simply listen, because there's no denying that while it spins, you are smiling very large...
This is their best album so far. Get it, skip around a little, you're sure find _something_ you absolutely love.
I'd reccomend this album if you like Bowie, Blur, or Pulp. If you're still unsure, take a listen to "Violet Race"-- it's your best sneak peek at the album.