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EP – Oh My! – The Good Lovelies

Posted by admin on 23rd January 2008

There’s a dearth of good Canadian artists, but it never ceases to amaze me how there’s often a real interconnectivity between some of them. The Good Lovelies are the third in a chain of excellent Canadian artists I’ve discovered. Top of this chain was Rob Szabo, which lead to Scott Cooper and he lead to the Good Lovelies, who I saw at a recent gig, where Scott Cooper was appearing as their guest. I’d actually listened to a few of their tracks on MySpace, before the concert, but this did not prepare me for the awesome evening of entertainment. I don’t want this to turn into a gig review, but just want give to touch on the fact that as a band, they exude personality. Admittedly the gig was at a fairly small venue, at most there must have been 50-60 people, but this just made the evening all the more enjoyable. I have a slight confession too, while Scott Copper was performing his “Insomnia Song”, I was in heaven, because as well as Scott singing, I had the Good Lovelies standing next to me, singing somewhat subdued harmonies, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

At the gig I took the opportunity to pick up a copy of their 5 track EP, with the full intention of reviewing it and also because my wife really wanted a copy. The EP opens with “Taboo”, a fantastic track, which gets your feet tapping within an instant. Further into the track, the harmonies begin and I have to admit, they ascend this track and indeed the whole EP to the next level. “February Song” is a very laid back track and actually the only laid back track on the EP. While the song is all about the coldness of February, the vocals inject warmth and comfort as they smolder. “Honeybunion”, er yes, certainly an interesting name to conjure with. A tale of bittersweet love, which shows a more comedic side to the band. “Clementine” is a reworking of the age old standard and I have to admit, it’s never sounded so good, especially for a song, I normally don’t have much time for. It’s also interesting that it’s the first time I’d ever actually digested the lyrics, mmm interesting to say the least. The EP rounds of with “Whiskey” a fitting way to round things off. Again it’s a song you find it hard not to tap something to, which is probably due in part to the banjo accompaniment. I especially enjoyed the trailing end of the song.

Just a wonderful find which has me clamouring for more songs already. Hopefully it’s not going to be too long before the band are able to release a full length album, which I’m really looking forward to.

Conclusion : Sexy, sassy, humorous and with voices to die for, I’d say that was recommendation enough. If you ever get the opportunity to see them live, grab it with both hands, feet or whatever tactile method you have at your disposal, in the meantime, get yourself a copy of the EP.

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