Spirea X
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Fireblade Skies , 4/10
Adventures In Stereo: Adventures In Stereo , 5/10
Adventures In Stereo: Alternative Stereo Sounds , 6/10
Adventures In Stereo: Monomania , 6/10
Noonday Underground: Self-Assembly (2000), 6.5/10
Noonday Underground: Surface Noise (2003), 5/10
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Gli Spirea X, il gruppo formato da Jim Beattie (ex Primal Scream), hanno goduto di una popolarita` effimera con i singoli del 1991, Chlorine Dream (4AD) e Speed Reaction, che tracciavano per la chitarra del powerpop una traiettoria verso il ballabile psichedelico.

Il gruppo e` poi sprofondato nel pop epigonico di Fireblade Skies (4AD, 1991) e delle sue Smile.

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With the help of Spirea X vocalist Judith Boyle, Beattie later formed Adventures In Stereo and opted for a simpler, direct form of pop that returns to Primal Scream's origins. Initially the sound was anchored to loops of samples created by Simon Dine. Airline and When We Go Back, the singles preceding, and later included, on Adventures In Stereo (Creeping Bent, 1997), as well as opener Underground Sound, are tiny gems in a style that rips off the Beach Boys and Phil Spector productions for girl-groups. The duo packs 18 songs in just about half an hour. Each song is perfect, as far as plagiarism goes, but doesn't have time to fully develop.

More confidence and down-to-earth humility lends Alternative Stereo Sounds (Creeping Bent, 1998) a Stereolab feeling. Silence Falls, Dream Surf Baby, and the trailing singles Down In The Traffic and A Brand New Day, are more immaculate photocopies of the Sixties, albeit in a slightly offbeat style.

Monomania (Bobsled, 2000) indulges in more of the same, except that vocal harmony has reached new peaks of baroque (Behind The Trees, Running) and the duo has embraced the genre of the slow ballad (We Will Stand, Ghosts, When Love Comes In).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Dido Filo)

Con l'aiuto di Judith Boyle, voce degli Spirea X, Beattie formò poi gli Adventures In Stereo, optando per una più semplice, diretta forma di pop. Airline and When We Go Back, i singoli che precedono, e che poi verranno inclusi in Adventures In Stereo (Creeping Bent, 1997), così come il brano di apertura Underground Sound, sono piccole gemme in uno stile sottratto ai Beach Boys ed alle produzioni di Phil Spector per i gruppi al femminile. Il duo confeziona 18 canzoni in appena mezz'ora. Ogni brano risulta perfetto, fin dove funziona il plagio, ma non arriva mai a svilupparsi pienamente.

Una maggiore dimestichezza dona ad Alternative Stereo Sounds (Creeping Bent, 1998) un'aria più simile agliStereolab. Silence Falls, Dream Surf Baby, e i trascinanti singoli Down In The Traffic e A Brand New Day, sono più immacolate fotocopie dei Sixties, sebbene in stile leggermente futurista.

Monomania (Bobsled, 2000) indulge nel ripetersi, eccetto che l'armonia vocale tocca nuove vette di barocco (Behind The Trees, Running) e che il duo abbraccia il genere delle ballate lente (We Will Stand, Ghosts, When Love Comes In).

Adventures In Stereo's Simon Dine, after offering his own version of Adventures In Stereo with Yellow Album (1997), formed Noonday Underground to continue his original concept of Sixties revival based on looped samples. Self-Assembly (2000) was full of verve and wit. Surface Noise (2003) is a calmer, more adult affair. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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