Stranger Underworld Of Th


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Review Text On their first album for Germany's Marina Records, singer/songwriter David Scott and keyboardist Brian McAlpine offered a welcome antidote to the sound-alike power pop that proliferated in the '90s. Joined by a drummer and string section, the Scottish duo mined many of the same influences (Beatles, Brian Wilson) as their competitors, yet offered melodies and hooks that were reverent but never rip-offs. Overall, Strange Poppies doesn't quite reach the brilliance Scott would later attain on the band's Across the Milky Way, but there are certainly a few songs as good as that album's best. "Cherry Sky" is a near-flawless concoction that follows Beach Boys-style choruses with a chorus straight out of the Fab's psychedelic era (complete with "Penny Lane" fire bells). The lovely "Sugar Mountain Babies," meanwhile, owes not a little to McCartney's gentle side, and the jangly "Banana Sandwich" has all the fresh-faced glory of Scottish popsters past, like Aztec Camera or the Bluebells. Other than a couple of lesser tracks, like "Night Breeze," the remainder of the disc is simply high-quality, handsomely performed, and hummable pop you'd be foolish to pass up. ~ Dan LeRoy

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Even on a Sunday Afternoon - 3:18
  2. 2. Cherry Sky - 4:04
  3. 3. Sugar Mountain Babies - 3:57
  4. 4. Banana Sandwich - 4:44
  5. 5. Waiting on the Flood - 4:48
  6. 6. They Met Too Late - 3:46
  7. 7. Jelly Shoes - 4:10
  8. 8. Lord Franklin - 5:38
  9. 9. Night Breeze - 3:47
  10. 10. In the Darkest Hour - 5:05
  11. 11. Everyday Storms - 5:16
  12. 12. Away from It All - 5:40

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