Artist: Cowboys International
Title: The Original Sin
Label: Virgin Records
Personnel: Terry Chimes (drums), Jimmy Hughes (bass), Evan Charles (pianos), Rick Jacks (aquarium guitars), Ken Lockie (voice)
Tracklisting: Pointy shoes, Thrash, Part of steel, Here comes a saturday, Original sin, Aftermath, Hands, M(emorie), Lonely boy, The â€˜noâ€™ tune, Wish
When punk blast open the doors of opportunity in 1976, all manner of things followed in its wake. Although â€˜The Original Sinâ€™ was met with critical acclaim upon its release, the sheer number of debut albums from superficially similar groups at the time saw the album quickly fade. Itâ€™s taken over three decades for Ken Lockieâ€™s Cowboys International to earn the cult status that they deserve. Original sin indeed.Listen closely, and youâ€™ll find that this New Wave album stands well apart from its contemporaries. Each tense-sounding snippet of power pop (take opener â€˜Pointy Shoesâ€™ for instance) demonstrates refreshingly inventive, hooky songwriting all lead by Ken Lockieâ€™s appealing quiver. Elsewhere, subtle but inventive synth work on tracks like â€˜Thrashâ€™, â€˜M(emorie)â€™ and the powerful closer â€˜Wishâ€™ make direct comparisons with other artists difficult. They also hint at Lockieâ€™s next short-lived incarnation as an electro-pioneer.
Stayed tuned listeners, we promise to reveal all!
Edited by amahrose - 24 Oct 2011 at 10:01am
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