Indie pop label Sarah released Blueboy's first record back in 1992, so obviously this is a twee pop affair, though rather than be full of tender full-band choruses and jangly guitars, it's a lot slower and predominantly acoustic. This modest, little known record is now getting a CD reissue on El Records.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 August 2014
Out in ‘92, then back out again in 2010 and now back out again in 2014 this is an expanded version of Blueboy’s 8 track mini album on Sarah and includes their first four singles for the label and their respective B sides. The sound is very redolent of the Sarah records bands of that particular era - never quite up to the standard of the first wave of Sarah bands, theres always a faint whiff of the Smiths about the whole thing- but from the opening few tracks Blueboy seem to be happier creating pastoral Ben Watt-ish acoustic pieces than the full on pop that the likes of the Field Mice produced with alarming regularity. In this way the band are probably closer to Brighter than anything. but I always thought the pre- Blueboy band Feverfew were much more of an enjoyable proposition than some of the mopey acoustic balladry on show here. When they step up a gear as on the sparkling ‘Popkiss’ they produce a reverb-saturated take on the Sarah blueprint bringing to mind early Kitchens of Distinction. Fans of the twee-pop genre will find much to enjoy amongst these 19 tracks and this is the first of three Blueboy re-issues from the el label so there will be lots more to come.
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