Luxury - Luxury

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Luxury - Luxury

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Bulletproof BPD3038

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

For a commendable example of blistering guitar-orientated modern rock, then look no further than Luxury. Intelligently written and arranged and deftly executed, Luxury create catchy hooks that draw the listener in far enough to then become enveloped by stories of selfdeceit ("To Conquer & Destroy") and the ironies of life ("Perpetua Simone"), forcing the more thoughtful amongst us to question pre-conceived notions of life, love and faith. None more so than in "Euphrates With The Golden Hands", a deceptively up beat number tackling the age old problem of the Golden Calf syndrome. Luxury think nothing of experimenting both musically and lyrically in the strangely titled "Mincemeat", where exotic tones are comprised of Simon and Garfunkle-esque harmonies, laid over a bed of acoustic guitars interspersed by passages of lush string arrangements courtesy of The Crystal Ninja Strings. For all its lyrical poignancy, arrangements and provocative musical scores, I sadly feel 'Luxury' could well be misunderstood and all too quickly dismissed out of hand, which would be a shame as this is an exquisite work of art by a fine band

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