(8th worst album cover of the 90â€™s)
Shoegazer. Brit-Pop. Indie-Rock. Retro Nonsense. Their respective asses areÂ servedÂ by The Boo Radleyâ€™s Giant Steps (1993). A subtle job on white-boy dub years before that was cool, a better noise pop than Mercury Rev, driven into nothingness by Creationâ€™s coke-drenched negligence (1), and followed byÂ lesser albums (2), this (true) song-cycle sounds like several bandsÂ heralded yesterday (literally, May 25) on Siriusâ€™ sad â€œLeft of Centerâ€ channel (thatâ€™s a compliment). Head to your nearest cut-out bin and drop that four dollars!! Better yet, steal it from the internet!!!
1. I could be wrong here. Itâ€™s been years sinceÂ Iâ€™ve readÂ My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize: The Creation Records Story (and I recently lent it outâ€¦please remind me to get this book backâ€¦another copy will not be found for a reasonable price), so the reason lurks somewhere in an unreachable part of my noggin.
2. The next two, Wake Up! and Câ€™mon Kids are oooooooooh keeeeeeey. â€™92â€™s Everythingâ€™s Alright Forever is a pretty strong, by-the-numbers shoegaze album that beats most of the usual MBV farts.