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Blue Cartoon - 2013 Are You Getting On?

ARTIST: Blue Cartoon
ALBUM: Are You Getting On?
LABEL: Aardvark Records
SERIAL: AR-72021
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: David Loren - lead vocals, keyboards, ukulele * Jeff Tracy - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Terry Carolan - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Lee Elliott - bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals * Mike Reynolds - drums, percussion

Additional Musician: Yochanan Winston - flute

TRACK LISTING: 01 Are You Getting On? * 02 Solo Rita * 03 Gray Horizon * 04 Remission * 05 Only Cowboy In Timbuktu * 06 Pity Party * 07 Dreaming Beautiful Songs * 08 Everyday's A Saturday * 09 Dreams Of You * 10 Don't Hold Your Breath * 11 Light Ages * 12 High Desert Suite * 13 The Primrose Path



Open mouth, insert foot. On these very pages I have bemoaned the current stale state of power pop, a genre near and dear to my heart that's in desperate need of an injection of fresh ideas beyond second-rate ELO, Jellyfish and Big Star imitators. Depressing really and I've all but given up until recently reading about Austin, Texas band Blue Cartoon strangely enough in 'Prog' magazine. Apparently the band have been around for a while with a clutch of poptastic CD's to their credit and checking out their web site they boldly claim to sound like '10cc, David Bowie, Roxy Music, T.Rex, Pink Floyd, Todd Rundgren and Yes in a blender and pushing 'mix well'. Definitely my cup-o-tea!

The Songs
'Are You Getting On?' is refreshing, catchy and above all different. While much has been made of Blue Cartoon's move into progressive rock, the truth is this is still very much a pop record. In fact, the punchy title track is evocative of last year's brilliant disc from The Producers 'Made in Basing Street' while 'Gray Horizon' amid the Pink Floyd-ish spaciousness borrows smartly from The Stylistics 1971 soul hit 'You Are Everything' and it works. The riff on 'Remission' will instantly bring to mind the evergreen glam-slam of 'Bang A Gong (Get It On)' and 'Breathless' era Camel makes a colourful mark on the excellent 'Pity Party'. Exhilarating and lovely stuff and with 'Light Years' sounding like 10cc and Pink Floyd (is that a mellotron I hear?); Blue Cartoon ooze with confidence, pushing the power pop envelope and 'progressing' into something relevant and wondrous.

In Summary
Released in a gorgeous Storm Thorgerson influenced digi-pack, I hope this is not just a one-off experiment for Blue Cartoon but maybe, just maybe the start of a wider trend that doesn't include baby-faced Jellyfish wannabe's or the scruffy shadow of Jeff Lynne.

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#1 | swazi on November 20 2013 20:40:16
Extremely enjoyable, Eric! Thanks for the heads-up! They already released a number of CD's. Any of them that you can recommend in particular ?
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