The Tinglies - Happy And Sad Songs

Tuesday 1st February 1994
The Tinglies - Happy And Sad Songs

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette EP

Reviewed by Paul Keeble

A five song cassette from a band with the classic rock lineup of guitar/bass/drums. The opener "You" with wah guitar, busy drumming and halftime section is reminiscent of 60s megagroup Cream of all things". I loved the spoken bit at the end. "Abomination" and "Change" are in similar vein, "Mind" has a more contemporary feel. (The last track "Forever" is totally different - just voice and acoustic guitar; pleasant but doesn't really fit here.) The playing is tight, there are some good riffs, the feel captured on tape (always tricky) is good despite some iffy mixing (though I do applaud the restraint employed in use of bite-removing reverb and compression - an affliction of too much Christian output). The only non-rock'n'roll element is lain Cook's vocals which are soft, almost folky and occasionally deviate from pitch in a way that reminds me of Morrissey. This contrast from tonsil-tearing sandpaper and gravel normality actually adds character and distinctiveness to the sound - maintain it! More work on honing the lyrics wouldn't go amiss, but all in all, very promising.

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