Re: SAC CD Review
Posted by george bunnell on 4/27/2012, 5:35 pm, in reply to "SAC CD Review"
Nice David...can we put your review on our website and on www.GRAGROUP.com
: David Chirko's Review of “Wake Up Where You
: Are” CD by Strawberry Alarm Clock
: The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s 2012 “Wake Up
: Where You Are” CD sports a front cover whose
: shagadelic lettering conjures the blissful
: musing of a sultry summer day, while its
: back cover showcases our minstrels gazing
: down, but somehow back, into a time tunnel.
: It offers 14 songs; all but a handful penned
: by Clock alumni and most being rerecorded
: numbers from their earlier albums.
: Listening to this new SAC CD I mentally
: ensconced myself back in the 1960s, when I
: first heard them. I asked myself: would the
: same sound landscape I found so captivating
: then, recrudesce now, crafting an ariose
: déjà vu?
: Whether SAC does psychedelic, sunshine pop,
: jazz oriented pop or rock, there is always
: something irresistibly arcane reflected in
: the cogency of their poetic/musical
: renderings. Their lush, often gossamer,
: vocal meshes are adroitly combined with taut
: harmonizing of a plethora of florid
: instruments, delivering a flower power
: orchestra. Like scintillating keyboards and
: warm, inviting, fuzz tone guitars that evoke
: what has become de rigueur in the Clock’s
: oeuvre: calm confidence.
: Some of the disc’s works have a heavier, but
: pleasant, grittiness to them, while some
: pieces are served with aplomb, in cocktail
: lounge phraseology. Let the listener delve
: this mature band’s derring-do by comparing
: the originals with the redone tracks, whose
: altered tempi and newly inflected lyricism
: are yours to discover. To absorb the total
: impact of this more delicately performed
: album--with a hitherto unrealized dynamic
: range--it must be played LOUD.
: Let me now exemplify, what I’ve asseverated
: thus far, with a few of my favourite opuses
: on this disc:
: “Charlotte’s Remains”
: Can’t you just envision go-go dancers in
: shimmering short shorts, gyrating in their
: cages? Okay, the captivating tale of a
: femme fatale; her “remains” being the
: aftereffect upon the men she jilted. And
: where did Charlotte disappear to? For the
: answer, we’re taken into the psychedelic
: wonderland of ghosts.
: “Drifting Away”
: Commences with calescent tintinnabulation.
: The melody echoes, like a condor sailing
: over a bluff. The elocution, well timed.
: “Drifting away and taking my
: chances….”—ah…dreaming leads the smitten
: awry. Drift away at the end as the volume
: decreases with strumming akin to a slowed
: clock or metronome.
: “Hummin’ Happy”
: The chorus opens this chestnut ballad of a
: “sadist” (long “a” this time) visually
: transforming the felicitous sights of an
: impetuous downtown into devastation: “Evil
: things make me laugh so….” Compared to the
: old version, this offering is more liquid,
: without sacrificing SAC’s ebullient
: “World Citizen”
: Behemoth songwriting effort. A paean to the
: wonderment of camaraderie. Its enchanting
: flute is like the serpentine rising of a
: hand, there to sonically seduce us. The
: redolent percussion escorting us to a tribal
: I’ll stop here, leaving the rest up to you,
: curious listeners.
: Yes, “It’s About Time,” as this comeback
: album’s subtitle announces, we, as SAC
: aficionados, “Wake Up Where We Are” and
: savour this fresh Strawberry treasure;
: praying there is a follow-up in the offing.