The Valuable Fools - The Valuable Fools

Published Wednesday 15th March 2006
The Valuable Fools - The Valuable Fools
The Valuable Fools - The Valuable Fools

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16274-11066
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by John Baugh

A CD from a West Midlands-based band that's a bit like a airliner circling styles before landing on a guitar-based pop not dissimilar to Lloyd Cole. First track, king of groovy soul, second track, kind of MOR, third track brooding indie-blues, fourth, big rock, and so it goes on. Then finally some sort of equilibrium is reached with a straight guitar-based sound, although even then we get the odd twist with stings added here and there. The CD is a product of a number of years with a number of collaborators built around a core of songwriter Mark Winter, lead guitarist Warwick Gastinger and bass player/producer Steve Elliot. Now I'm all in favour of variety what with it being the spice of life but maybe things have gone too far here. There may be some good songs here yet the ability to locate them is blurred by the ever changing musical moods. Perhaps this is a case where less would be more.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mark Winters in Birmingham @ 14:25 on Mar 16 2006

Interesting review John. Yep it's exactly like listening to a compilation album. The first two tracks demonstrate our ability to write in different genres for other artisits and the rest are there because we like variety. New tracks are already being played live now and have more of an Arcade Fire/Magic Numbers feel about them. Anyone interested in us can check us out at

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