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There’s a school of thought that suggests that Oasis were never the same after Bonehead left. I’d trace it further back, perhaps to Tony Carroll’s departure. The press release proudly states that this is the only release by an Oasis member which coincides with the 20th Anniversary of ‘Definitely Maybe’. One for the ‘desperate marketing’ section of Private Eye.
The music is, as you may expect, not that good. Its acoustic plodding stuff which on the opening ‘Set The Night On Fire’ exactly follows the template of those later Oasis ballads, just rising and rising and rising to crescendo after crescendo with no light and shade. Its easy to see what is so bad about music like this - despite a mellow acoustic sound and Verve-like atmospherics, the whole thing (and in particular Alex Lipinski’s voice) is completely devoid of character. On the plus side it might appeal to Oasis nuts and the lampshade they are sitting under on the sleeve is exactly the same one I have in my living room so they have good taste on the lampshade front.
9/10 Michael Brooks Customer review, 31st July 2014
Purchased this EP online, and feel compelled to add to the reviews, only after stumbling across the previous review from Clinton whilst searching for Phoneys & The Freaks news. After watching the band live at The Borderline in London, and buying this EP off the back of it, I can safely say this has been one of my best purchases of the year. More Pink Floyd with elements of The Verve than Oasis, 'Set The Night On Fire' begins with a mysterious intro which builds to a climatic anthemic chorus, with Lipinski's vocals soaring at the front. The song is a wonderful mixture of Pink Floyd, The Verve & elements of Stax Records, with the trumpets blasting at the end. I'll also add that after hearing Lipinski live I don't think there's a better male singer in the UK right now, and I attend a lot of gigs. His vocal contains traces of Lennon, whilst also possessing a subtle-like quality which can be heard throughout this EP. Bonehead's signature guitar sound can be heard but with far more room to manoeuvre than on the early Oasis records. Each song offers something different, with the title track 'Phoneys & The Freaks' a stirring ballad with dark lyrics and Boneheads rich guitar and vocal harmonies building throughout. All For You contains elements of Phil Spector production, with effective use of the drums and castanets. I only hope there is more to come from this duo, if this EP is anything to go by. A must for anyone who enjoys great melodic vocals, plenty of guitars, and well-written songs.
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