Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Import reissue of the Art Rock/Prog band's 1998 album. Slapp Happy were a British/ German Rock band featuring Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause. The band was formed in 1972 and moved to the UK in 1974 where th... more »
Import reissue of the Art Rock/Prog band's 1998 album. Slapp Happy were a British/ German Rock band featuring Anthony Moore, Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause. The band was formed in 1972 and moved to the UK in 1974 where they merged with the band Henry Cow although this merger didn't last long and the band subsequently split. There have been subsequent reunions alongside solo careers for the various members. This recording was, in effect, a reunion album originally released in 1998. The album contains 12 songs including 'Scarred For Life', 'Moon Lovers', 'King Of Straw' and Let's Travel Light'. Whilst fitting in well with the bands previous work, Ca Va has a modern feel and was received well on its initial release. Voiceprint.
STYLISH, INTELLIGENT POP MUSIC FOR THINKERS
Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 05/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I almost feel a little guilty giving this recording only 4 stars -- I've been a big fan of Slapp Happy's quirky brand of 'thinking person's pop music' for almost 30 years. I must admit that after repeated listenings, this recording has grown on me -- so, after more time has passed, I might raise my rating to 5 stars.Peter Blegvad, Anthony Moore and Dagmar Krause have been responsible for some of the most challenging -- and at the same time tuneful and endearing -- pop music in the modern era. They are not well known outside of progressive music circles, but their work has been for me (and others, I know) a beacon shining through the fog of the lowest-common-denominator, mass-produced, force-fed pablum that passes for pop music. If you've ever heard them on the radio, consider yourself present at a rarely occuring event.Recorded after a 22-year hiatus (although all three musicians have been VERY active separately during that time), the sound on this album is noticably more modern and refined -- albeit expectedly so -- than their last release, 1975's DESPERATE STRAIGHTS, a joint venture with Henry Cow. One of the most apparent differences for me, on first listening, was the fact that the trio is playing all of the instruments themselves (with the notable addition of drum loops by producer Laurie Latham). They were actively involved in playing on their older recordings as well, but with help from some pretty amazing friends, including Henry Cow members, trumpet ace Mongezi Feza (forgive me please if I've misspelled his name), violinist Graham Preskett and others. The sound on this disc is tighter, more in what you would call, perhaps, a 'radio-friendly' style -- but without making any major concessions to an attempt at mass-market appeal.The melodies concocted by Blegvad and Moore have always been unusual -- but hummable -- pieces that owe as much of their heritage to jazz and classical music (both historic and modern) as to rock and roll. In the hands of these thinkers, it works very well, and combined with the thought-provoking lyrics, alternately witty and profound (and every level in between), by all three performers, it makes for a rewarding and unforgettable listening treat. All three members contribute songs here, with collaborations together and with others -- including 'Child then', with its credit of 'Blegvad/Partridge', which I'm guessing might be Andy Partridge of the great British pop band XTC. 'King of straw' is credited to 'Blegvad/Gregson' -- which, again guessing, might well be Clive Gregson.Carrying most of the melodies and lyrics is the inimitable voice of Dagmar Krause -- and no one sounds anything like her. German born, her expressive range is amazing, moving from an almost cackling version of German cabaret music to tender cooing, lending these jewel-like tunes jazz and art song shadings as the song -- and her mood -- dictate.The album starts off with one of the strongest, most accessible tracks (at least musically), 'Scarred for life'. The unwary listener who finds themselves tapping their foot to this catchy number and humming along might find themselves a little uncomfortable when they begin listening to the words: 'Leave me something to remember you by, more than a lock of your hair -- leave me scarred for life, show me that you care...We danced cheek to cheek with madness, and every little breeze whispered of the secret love we had for our disease...' Heady stuff.The rest of the tracks hold up pretty well, also -- and, as I mentioned at the top, my rating of this recording could continue to improve. My all-time favorite Slapp Happy album is the aforementioned DESPERATE STRAIGHTS recording, followed closely by their previous album for Virgin. These two albums are available through Amazon, conveniently re-released as a single cd. Most of Peter Blegvad's solo work -- as well as his work with John Greaves (another Henry Cow alumnus) -- is excellent as well.Echoing the thoughts of another reviewer below (and there are a lot of good reviews for this one) -- 'this is what pop music should be like'. Give them a listen!"
We all know this CD is good, but the BONUS TRACK, WOW!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The bonus track on this CD is entitled "hello dagi" and it's a little techno dirge it's just amazing...so much going on and Dagmar sounds so great with the beats behind her!!!! BUY THIS RELEASE NOW!!!"
Slapp Happy RULE!
George T. Parsons | Nevada City, CA | 05/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Their first new album in over 22 years, and most remarkably, they sound better now than ever. This is Slapp Happy's pop album (or at least their most pop-accessible) but it's pop on S.L.'s terms, which is a marvelously skewed sensibility. Peter Blegvad and Anthony Moore are the principal songwriters and though they get to sing lead on one song each, it's the remarkable Dagmar Krause who handles the vocal duties on 10 of the dozen tracks here. Dagmar is one of the more distinctive vocalists to ever record on the periphery of pop, she sounds a bit like a cross between Yoko Ono and Kate Bush with more discipline and a greater vocal range. This is pop on a par with the best, Peter co-authors the excellent Child Then with XTC's Andy Partridge, but there's not a weak track here; a dozen tracks of Beatle-good pop genius and easily one of the best albums of the breed to see the light of day."