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Sneaker Pimps : Low five
[a]Sneaker Pimps[/a], here reappearing in our sights for the first time in nearly two years, may be much changed, but they are also - arguably - much improved.
You're worried, we can tell.
Fear not, friends and fans of all things beauteously bleak. For Sneaker Pimps, here reappearing in our sights for the first time in nearly two years, may be much changed, but they are also - arguably - much improved. If, say, 'Spin Spin Sugar' was a telly-edit trailer with pixie Kelli as its only star,
Five' is a wide-screen, deluxe director's cut of the Pimps' vision, with pixie Chris Corner as the main lead, but the band - yeah, them - as the hard-done-by heroes.
guitar uncoils through sheets of crashing strings, electrode jolts punctuate billows of ominous synth, and Chris' unctuously effeminate voice croons, "Low five/Downsize... do you love yourself". Sticking two fingers up at the corporate shmooze-athon of the music biz, effectively.
Sure, it's a risk. But if you listen without prejudice, it's also a revelation.
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