THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL BOYS
MELODY, MELODY, MELODY & MORE MELODY
TOM23 | released: 12/11/2002 | LP
via Anost (Europe) via SCD (USA)
02 He's So Dumb
04 Everything's Got A Shade Of Green
05 Visit To Venus
07 Will There Be Yodeling In Heaven
08 Let's Get Rid Of Richard
10 I Like What You Like
11 What Do You Take Me For
13 The Invented Part Of The World
14 The Anti-Beard Song (Go Go Goatee)
16 Ice Cream
17 The Most Beautiful Day Of My Life
Another triumph for the fine feelings of the Phenomenological Boys! The Phenomenological Boys toot their horns for the fun of it! No doubt that's a major reason why we all enjoy listening to them so much. Their own glowing enthusiasm for boisterous beeps bursts forth in every golden note. In other words, the Phenomenological Boys are entertaining because they love to entertain. Currently the boys are riding a crest of great popularity with some sweet songs that pour out like honey. The boys' Melody, Melody, Melody, Melody and More Melody should be a runaway best seller for Tomlab. For in that collection are several pert and perky tunes bound to become standards overnight!
Melody, Melody, Melody, Melody and More Melody is the latest project these P-boys recorded in Somerville MA, USA and it's a pleasure to observe all those Somerville musicians "dig" the boys. All the pros couldn't wait to get back into the studio with the Phenom boys and go at it again. Small wonder! The Phenomenological Boys are geniuses in their studios and these discerning people who work with them are the first to recognize and appreciate it.
Not only is the Phenomenological presence at home in Somerville, but the boys can point with pride to their appearances with the famed Life Partners as featured vocalist and occupant of the first keyboard chair during the summer season of 2002. It was no stretch, as these very big boys blow everything from Britney to Bach with equal amounts of enthusiasm and skill.
Every sound from that remarkable Phenomenological viewpoint heralds the enormous versatility of these jubilant compadres. Perfectionists who can read an intricate scoring at sight, they also improvise with the best of the swinging ensembles and the cool cats. Yet these boys admit to being happiest when they're simply playing pretty for the people- which is exactly what they're doing here.
Here again we have the Phenoms surrounded by all their original melodic musical cohorts. If it weren't a worn phrase not worthy of their huge talent, we'd say "by popular demand" ... more Melody!
What is true and what is wrong? A full allstar-orchestra or the reincarnation of Marylin Monroe as Rriot Punk Girl who is using her computer to pour out like honey one wonderful song after the other? The Phenomenological Boys keep all their seriousness regardless of their sometimes comical character!
But these songs don't sound really angry or cynical - feminism galore is not the target here. But still, these supersweet songs get you from the back with bittersweet comments and unbelievable I-want-to-sing-along allures. True hits - true subversion!
Film music, Cool Jazz, Country and Punkrock are cooked together in an ingenious way and it is true pleasure to see with what ease and breathtaking elegance Angela is moving from chanteuse to equivocal entertainer and back again. This album is a triumph - and not a quiet one!