Havalina Rail Co - The Diamond In The Fish

Wednesday 1st April 1998
Havalina Rail Co - The Diamond In The Fish
Havalina Rail Co - The Diamond In The Fish

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Tooth & Nail

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

For their second release on Tooth & Nail. Havalina have tightened up their sound so it's less chaotic but no less fun. Choosing to integrate a whole lot of cool jazzy and Latin sounds and a spy movie motif, this comes as a complete surprise after their debut. Again their choice of cover versions is inspiring; here we have a lounge version of "Paper Moon"! Great fun! But boy, are these boys eclectic, a didgeridoo introduces the atmospheric "Dominique's Library". Sometimes it feels as if they're inventing a new genre of music because there isn't anything that really sounds like this! If "Prelude" and "Blues" is a Sinatraesque piece of lounge music then "Hot Pants ' is pure Dylan! Overall, if you like your music quirky, humorous, rootsy and left field, hunt this one out. Completely creative and totally off the wall!

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