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Hitchcock Blonde
Soul Button
Side Chain

This record comes wrapped in an eye-catching sleeve a cover of a scantily clad blonde. Not so much a Hitchcock blonde (they had more clothes) as a pinup blonde. The music's funky and cacthy, the frontman Kerr comes across as Beck meets Jamiroquai. "ETI" (which is a cover of a Blue Öyster Cult song, written by Donald Roeser and Sandy Pearlman) has plenty of wah-wah guitars and a backing vocal by the sweet-voiced Janna Audey that appeals to me. "Taking Flight" is weirdly like Beloved, all blissed-out singing and happy vibes. "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth" is equally sweet, summer of love vibes being felt. The vocals are soulful and oddly plaintive.

The album ends with covers of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" and Holly Vincent's "Rock Against Romance". They both work fine, with Audey singing lead on the latter song. It's an unusual, multi-faceted collection of music this one.

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