Dirty Pretty Things – Romance at Short Notice

We’re down to our final 4 albums of season 2!!  Today we get an album from Dirty Pretty Things, which is not the same as The Pretty Things that gave us one of the 1st concept albums about 2 weeks ago.   However, these are the same Dirty Pretty things, whose album Waterloo to Anywhere we listened to last season.  So in what will be the last time that happens,  – not only because we’ve put up a new rule against bands appearing in consecutive seasons (thankfully), but also b/c today’s album is the only other one left in the catalogue.   Got that all my pretties?  Oh yeah…they’re English.

Dirty Pretty Things – Romance at Short Notice

Listen to it here:  http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Dirty+Pretty+Things+Romance+At+Short+Notice/70061784

Read about the Band (to refresh your memories): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Pretty_Things_%28band%29
Fun Facts: On 13 May 2006 Barât and Hammond appeared on the football show Soccer AM. The pair appeared to be high or drunk following a night out after a gig in Wolverhampton, causing fellow guest Noel Gallagher to compare Barat’s slightly incoherent rambling to that of his brother, Liam.[citation needed]


Dirty Pretty Things – Romance at Short Notice

Preconceptions: This is a curiosity pick for me, as I hadn’t realized there was a second album until recently. With Jon Quick’s OT win in the Stanley Cup opener last night, it’s a good time for Hamden High alumni.

Bestest: Tired of England “Don’t drink yourself to a lonely death in casinos on crystal meth”. Sounds a lot like Friday night in Norwich, Connecticut. Plastik Hearts is just dang catchy.
Restest: Chinese Dogs was not the mash-up of Chinese Democracy and Diamond Dogs that I was hoping for.

Overall: I might like this one even more than Waterloo to Nowhere, an album who’s poor reception from the RC baffled me.  Romance shows a broader spectrum of (mostly British) influences, starting with the stumbling circus of Buzzards & Crows which feels vaguely Floyd-like, then the T-rex-ish opening line of Hippie’s Son. Best Face is Jam-flavoured, as the best Barat songs are. Like all good swan-song albums, it left me wishing there were a few more tracks. I have heard a little of Anthony’s soundtrack to the documentary Rime of the Modern Mariner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_P0WMdJRWI). I wonder what is next.

Rating: 4.79

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