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Yogi - 20/20 2000 Hindsight



YOGI - 20/20 HINDSIGHT (2000, PERMANENT PRESS)
Donald McDonald - vocals, guitar
Ian McDougall - drums
Robbie Sinclair - vocals, guitar
Mark Fleming - guitar


Background
Glasgow has spawned some great rock bands over the years. The likes of Gun, Aztec Camera, and Del Amitri have all honed their skills in and around the clubs and bars of the Scottish city. Pop rockers Yogi cannot be classed in the same breath yet, but their first release, '20/20 Hindsight', certainly contains evidence that they are another Glaswegian band with enough talent to rise to prominence. Signed to LA based label Permanent Press, the lads have already visited the US on promo tours three times in the last three years, which is no mean feat for a band not native to those shores. Whilst they are treading a musical path already well sign-posted, what they may lack in originality they compensate with a selection of great tunes.

The Songs
Opener 'A.N Other' is the first of the batch marked 'single potential'. On the surface a solid and chunky rock song, its pure pop melody soon appears and then refuses to leave proceedings for the duration. 'Free Again' follows suit in similar fashion, and these two kick things off with a great mix of bite and harmony. Indeed, throughout '20/20 Hindsight' Yogi manage to combine muscle and melody with all the assurance of infinitely more seasoned bands. Most of the songs are angst ridden looks at relationships and there must be more than a few women in Glasgow who have done something to inspire such lines as 'Beneath your warm exterior/it is colder than Siberia/In Your Heart', from the bright and catchy 'Good Too Long'. 'Love In The Nineties' delivers lyrically too, with a humorous swipe at a cheating lover. Of the rockier songs, 'Too Hard To Give Up' complete with great lyrics and hummable chorus is another contender for frequent radio play, while 'Arm Wrestling' is an intelligent tune which offers something a bit different. However, I believe if the band are going to make it big, one of either the stunning 'Mexico Road' or the atmospheric 'Sliding In', must be one of their weapons of choice. Occupying the same kind of territory of fellow Scots Travis and ex Aztec Camera frontman Roddy Frame, either song has great hit potential. The acoustic 'Mexico Road' showcases the tremendous voice of Donald McDonald yet is a song that encompasses the maturity and talent of Yogi as a whole. It could be Yogi's equivalent of Travis' 'Driftwood'.

In Summary
Despite a couple of plodding tunes that don't really go anywhere, '20/20 Hindsight' is a disc which does deserve to go places. The name may be no relation to the loveable cartoon character, but Yogi is definitely a band to 'bear' in mind.. (sorry guys, an irresistible pun opportunity there!).

URL: www.permanentpress.net

Track Listing:
01 A.N. Other
02 Free Again
03 Armwrestling
04 Chase the Rain Away
05 Indian Summer
06 Queen of Goodbyes
07 Sliding In
08 Good Too Long
09 Love In The Nineties
10 Mexico Road
11 Every Single Day
12 Too Hard to Give Up

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