ALBUM TOMMY BOY RELEASE: APRIL
29, 2002 REVIEW: APRIL 19, 2002
have been following British band Sneaker Pimps since their first album
"Becoming X" where they sounded like a happier Portishead, maybe
because of their female singer Kelli Dayton. On that album they managed
to squeeze in a couple of brilliant tunes between otherwise bland material.
The follow-up, "Splinter" sported a new male singer named Chris
Corner, actually already a member of the band, but wasn't confident enough
about his vocals to handle the singing before. "Splinter" also
has a slightly more mainstream sound.
Now, the band's third album is here after some delays, and it shows that
they have even more pop influences on this one. Their sense for melodies
is impeccable, and Chris does a wonderful job. The trip hop influences
are still here, but now they sound like a happier mix between Portishead,
Radiohead and synthpop, if you can believe that. The soundscape is predominantly
electronic with both acoustic and electric guitars filling out nicely.
The songs are also more upbeat than on the other albums.
great many songs on display here are potential singles, and they have
that "humming along" factor that always gives me the shivers.
I really think Sneaker Pimps deserve to have at least one huge hit from
this album, because this is bloody excellent stuff! And they say that
trip hop was dead. Well, guess again. As an ending note to this review,
I also want to make clear that "Bloodsport" is the best movie
Jean-Claude Van Damme ever has done. "Show us your Dim-mak!"