Friday, October 14, 2011

The Daily Crumb's review of 'Lady Gasoline'


Lady Gasoline is the second album from Irish singer/songwriter, Chris Singleton. After overcoming from Hyperacusis (A hearing condition where all sounds are perceived as painfully loud ) he wanted to make something loud... interesting. This something was Lady Gasoline! A 2010 poprock album with more instruments, more bounding flavour to get you dancing on top of an old wooden chair.

Chris' first album (Released FREE online) was Twisted City. This album was/is fantastic. I found after downloading all of the tracks I gave it a few listens, enjoyed the tracks and then left it alone. Later on I realised, whilst my playlist was on random that, the Twisted City tracks were the only songs i would not skip.
If you can, go and check out this FREE album here
From this album, half worried about the fact he was not earning any money from a free album and half because I loved his tunes, i bought his second album, Lady Gasoline.

"Mummy look! Rocks back!"
She didnt care.

But I did.

On Lady Gasoline, Chris collaborated with the musicians of 'The Distractions'.
So that was a bit of information on the man himself and whats 'up' with this album.
Now heres the review.

Buy Album HERE

Due to the magic of the internet I can include a few of the tracks from the album on this very blog post. NO WAY?

There are twelve tracks on Lady Gasoline. Straight away you are thrown into the running sound of 'Let me Out'. Literally, you could jog to it and lose a few calories.
Something noticably different about Lady Gasoline (Other than the epic full band sound) is the appearance of a 'Lady'. A few of the tracks have backing vocals from vocalist, Jane Fraser. She appears on my favourite track, 'Sold the World'. It has a smooth other worldly sound. A wahwahy tune and acoustic guitar, that is heaven to the ears. Then introducing Chris' fantastic vocals and lyrics.

Chris Singleton has a knack for making catchy, enjoyable chorus'. 'Caught in the Sun...'. Every track has a unique lyrical tune.

This album also includes a bit of a big bang feel, something very lively. As mentioned in the booklet, 'Peter Rolinson trumpeted on 'Bad Ambitions' and 'You came with a Bang'. Both excellent, powerful tracks. I've used Bad Ambitions on my showreel, it, like many of the other tracks have become instant classics to me and my fellow listeners.

Lady Gasoline is a perfect title song and instantly loved by every listener. It has a really nice overall sound, not sure what the instrument is in the chorus, organ/synthy thing. But i love it. A very well written song with a great chorus and a bit of female backing vocals. If this one does not get you dancing I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL. And you should see a Doctor.
But in the end I do believe 'Bad Ambitions' was the one that made me buy the album, at the time I was looking for that lively trumpet sound and with Chris' memorable tunes there was nothing to lose.

So those songs mentioned were the ones that jumped out at me, but the album is still jam packed with excellent sounds. 'Valium' getting stuck in my head for a few days, 'Blood' a cool, memorable and kind of creepy track.
There are some songs that do not personally jump out at me (Momma Miss America, Lou Reed) when others do, but that is just me. Depends on what you are looking for in a sound.

I've bought and listened to a lot of albums in the last two years. And 'star' wise this album is better than alot of the 'big guys', you know, the ones that have a worldly fan base and such. But this album is better than them, it throws you straight into an epic pop rock party and you'll listen to these songs forever.

The Highlights
Sold the World - Chris Singleton and The Distractions by Chris Singleton

"If you hang around me love you'll end up in a song."

- The Daily Crumb

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