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- / 2x7" + CDR on Fruits De Mer. New versions of The Beatles White Album tracks from Pretty Things, The Bevis Frond, Three Minute Tease and more
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 December 2012
Fruits de Mer - you’ve really done it now. You wait all year and someone finally releases an EP of songs from ‘The White Album’ - you know the album The Beatles did? Anyway, electricity and oil, paper and more of the worlds resources have been used up in order to create 1234 copies of this tribute EP, which is a blast of cover version fun.
First up, Three Minute Tease do an incredible Lennon impression on ‘Cry Baby Cry’ even throwing in some freestyling ad libs and thumping drums. The Bevis Frond on ‘Glass Onion’ sounds not unlike that unnamed security guard who ‘sang’ along to Bradley Wiggins’s interpretation of ‘That’s Entertainment’ at the recent Sports Personality of the Year awards party. The Pretty Things grind their way through 'Helter Skelter' with all the pizazz of a geriatric letting it all hang out at the old people’s home charity karaoke day.
Throughout, the covers retain the feel of the originals yet sometimes seem to take out the best bits exemplified by Jack Ellister’s attempt at ‘Dear Prudence’ which has the woozy, dreamy psych-scapes of the original yet loses something melodically somewhere. Cranium Pie don't let this worry them, seemingly playing ‘The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill’ at half speed. The Seventh Ring of Saturn blast through ‘Savoy Truffle’ presumably after a long day in the pub such is the shambolic nature of the thing.
A hilarious record from start to finish; the songs are, of course, universally brilliant, the performances vary from inspired to comedic but I can't get too hung up about artistic merit or what the point of it all is, its just a whole heap of fun.
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