Shaun Fleming, from Foxygen, is also known as Diana Coffee. His/her new album is recorded in a proper studio. Fans would know that’s special, because that means that Everybody’s a Good Dog is not hampered by instrumental limitations. The result is a bombastic, joyous, soulful rock record with moody lyrics.
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One half of the increasingly terrible pop duo Foxygen. Diane Coffee is yet another male artist using a female name - a trend I’m starting to get thoroughly sick and tired of.
Anyone who was subjected to Foxygen’s ‘And Star Power ‘ shambles will understand the kind of complicated song structures at work here. They reference the kind of grandiose ’70’s weep ballad rock made by the likes of Todd Rungren and Badfinger with crazed Wings style tempo changes. Actually that’s just opener ‘Spring Breathes’ which seems to have gone on for half my life. ‘Mayflower’ blasts in and Coffee’s sweet androgynous vocals have been replaced by a glam rock style nasal croak. They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at it - there’s horns everywhere but I can’t honestly think of who will enjoy this music - it’s like a particularly bad episode of 1974 Top of the Pops with every song playing at once.
It’s nothing if not varied, ‘Soon To Be, Won’t To Be’ has the hazed updated '70’s melodies of the latest Toro Y Moi and perhaps a bit of early Tame Impala thrown in. The next thing you know there’s a 60’s girl group pastiche…oh and hang on now we’re in Alvin Stardust territory. It’s very clever but so were 10cc and they weren’t always great.
If ambitious 70’s style pop appeals to you then there’s loads of it here and no expense is spared.
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