Bodixa - Release

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Bodixa - Release

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

There's a real Christian music revival taking place in Leeds and here's a band with the potential to make a go of it in the mainstream. They're already creating a bit of a buzz with gigs in the city's main music venues and this four-track EP is the kind of calling card that the band are hoping will entice A&R men to their gigs. Alternative not in a grungy US rock fashion but more in a floating Cranberries fashion. Perhaps it's the hypnotic passionate yearning singing of Anna Ibbotson or David Redfearn's fluid crunchy guitar work or the solid rhythm section of Norton (son of the legendary Chris) and Hicks, whatever it is the chemistry of this band combined with the acoustic strumming of rhythm player Emily Stevens combines to make the kind of beautiful noise that deserves to be snapped up. The title song is the straightforward poppiest of the set whilst "A Song About Space" is wonderfully quirky. Ideal is built on a brooding rhythm and allows Ibbotson to let loose in a fashion that is almost Bjork-like! The acoustic "I Cried Today" is the gentlest, prettiest thing here showing a more sensitive side to the band and ends abruptly on the line "all good things come to those who wait". Hopefully including a record contract and for me the chance to have a full album of this stuff Bodixa are a band in motion, at times perhaps a little pretentious and needing one big song with the kind of chorus you can't stop singing but for all that, this is interesting, compelling and fresh.

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