Why? - Rachel Says Boo!

Monday 1st August 1994
Why? - Rachel Says Boo!
Why? - Rachel Says Boo!

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent 005CD

Reviewed by Neil Brennan

Any ageing folkies worried about the future of their art form can worry no more. For in Why? we have a fresh faced bunch who on the evidence of this turbo charged tape are young enough, vibrant enough and talented enough to take the roots tradition into the 21st century. Suffice to say, it stands. Opening with "Friendly Song", Why? set off at a pace that would leave Linford Christie trailing in their wake - and then step up a gear. Before it all gets too frantic, they calm things down with "I'll Always Be There" (a ballad about Him methinks) and round the first half off nicely with the A side's outstanding track "Pencil Utensil" (if only I could figure out its lyrics) and the lively and jocular "Jiggledy Piggledy". Why? then take to the moral highground with "Because The Drug", tip toe through the Troubles on "Emerald Altar" before finishing with a flourish, thanks to the rib ticklingly funny "Good Question" and the rhetorical "Red Sky At Night" (much to the good shepherd's delight, no doubt). Aside from some ropey warbling here and there, it's blindingly obvious that these kids can play. You get the feeling that the rough edges are there by design rather than by accident on a largley laudible album. Who Rachel is and why she says Boo! I know not.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Tom in Grantham @ 16:19 on Sep 16 2007

I love Why sooo much they are apsolutly amazing! i wish they would become popular again. i am aged 18 and think there great. i so wish i was old enuf to have enjoyed them back when they were popular. i did see them once at Spring Harvest in 1997 i think it was and i loved it. Please come back Why we love you!

Posted by Emma in Wirral, UK @ 17:57 on Dec 13 2005

This is the first album from Why? - they are fun, folky, bouncy, and amusing, while having a great message in their songs. It's a good album, slightly less polished than their newer albums but you can't beat songs called 'Pencil Utensil' and 'Jiggledy Piggledy'. 'Good Question' is just that, thought provoking and insightful and 'Red Sky At Night' will ring out from Greenbelt 1995 forever, after the crowd kept on singing it for 10 full minutes after they had to clear the stage! If you can get hold of it, it's definitely worth listening too!

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