Echobelly : People Are Expensive
Britpop also-rans return
So, still shaken by the critical massacre of their 1997 electro experiment, 'Lustra', Echobelly decamped to the Himalayas to seek out the spiritual path to greatness. They returned clutching stone tables carved 'same as before, bit more Portishead'. Cue fourth album, 'People Are Expensive', their mid-career crisis record full of poor-man's-Bjork wailing and dour shimmer rock, notable only for the funky mantra of 'Kali Yuga' (George Harrison exploding), and 'Point Dume' (the noises you'd hear in the night if your flat was haunted by Brian Wilson). 'Down To Earth' retains that chipmunk chirpiness of old, but otherwise 'People...' is a pleasant enough stop-gap for Goldfrapp fans.
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