righto, i got the hoodoo gurus album 'purity of essence' yesterday.
STANTONS ONE LISTEN 'PURITY OF ESSENCE' REVIEW:
i dont think its possible for the hoodoos to release a bad album, and theres certainly no clunkers on this one.
as always - tight, focused and crisp ensemble playing, enjoyable and interesting arrangements and even though theres 16 songs, they whiz past at a decent clip.
the songs are the solid nuggets of rockin garage psychpop that weve come to expect. the lyrical concerns seem to be a bit more contemplative than usual, looking backwards a lot, but the sometimes maudlin reflections are rendered bulletproof by the performances.
after one listen i havnt got any tunes lodged in my brain, and this album dosnt play out like a greatest hits album [as most of their 80s records did] but thats after only one listen.
this is a really enjoyable album and if youre already a hoodoos convert you will love it. no question. there is however a bit of a feeling of business as usual about this collection of songs, but when the component parts are all this good and played with such finesse its a very minor point.