Candyskins - Death of a Minor TV Celebrity
Tea? Candy? Oasis?
Do you like Oasis?
Well . . . do you?
Thats all you have to ask
yourself. The success of Oasis has produced many sound-alikes,
The Candyskins being one of the best of them.
But dont think this means
The Candyskins are a completely unoriginal band with no sense
of identity. There are points within their new album,
Death of a Minor TV Celebrity, that they achieve a
sense of themselves. Take, for example, the name of
the album. Its creative. . . that would be a start,
Okay, maybe thats a bit harsh.
This probably stems from my unbridled hate for Oasis
(please dont throw anything at me or send me hate mail,
all you die-hard groupies) and I cant stand unoriginality
(can anyone tell the difference between the song "All
For You" by Sister Hazel and any Blues Traveler song?
Seriously). So many Brit-pop bands fall into this rut.
But there is light at the end of this tunnel. Remember
Radioheads Pablo Honey? They broke out
of their "Pixie sound-alike" rut and have achieved
sounds beyond anyones wildest dreams. See?
If fellow Oxfordite Thom Yorke and the crew can. . .
One great aspect of this album
is its emotion. Unlike other recordings, these lyrics
and wafty vocals drip with emotion and sincerity (a good example
of this is their song "Songbird"). The song "Feed
It" sounds especially like Oasis on the vocals, but the
lyrics ("If you want it / youve got / you feed
it / you love it / you say that / you need it, etc.) are catchy
and hip-- everybody loves a good song to sing along to. (WARNING:
Dont get confused! The very first note of the song sounds
like "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffet.)
"Death of a Minor TV Celebrity"
is a very promising ballad, and probably one of the most promising
tracks on the album. The vocals are appropriately reminiscent
of Oasis (not a blatant copy), and the back-up piano work
is beautiful and flowing.
So, are you?
An Oasis fan, I mean?
My advice? Watch for the
Candyskins in the future. They plan to tour the US soon,
and the live shows are supposed to be their forte. Their
present work looks very promising, so any future albums will
certainly be welcome.
Hey, who knows how long Oasis is
going to last?
For SoundClips from the album,
go here http://www.bugjuice.com/candyskins/tunes.html