Big Star – In Space

The prospect of a new Big Star album is, for me, not a pretty one. To be honest, since the Teenage Fanclub have so blatantly ripped off…erm…championed Alex Chilton I’ve found his output to be tending to far toward the Byrdsy-hippy (or Teenage Fanny if you’d rather) elements in his back catalogue and veering him away from the fabulous stomping garage soul of way back when with The Boxtops. You can hardly blame the man, hey it’s his music and if anyone’s gonna make money from it…

More surprising pleasantry! Even the feyest moments on here sound like they’d chew up and spit TFC out as soon as look at them. This is mainly thanks to Chilton’s voice than anything else.

I can’t work out whether the looseness is a good thing. Does it show a staggering lack of professional advancement that they still sound like they’re about to fall apart any moment or is it the chemistry still being there. Oh, of course it’s a good thing.

We even get and experimental funk workout (Love Revolution) and a balls-out four-to-the-floor Northern Soul classic (Mine Exclusively).

Will it stand by Radio City of 1987’s High Priest in years to come? Well, if your only gonna ask fucken stupid questions…

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Written by Tony Kiernan

02 November 2005 at 5:24 pm

Posted in Records

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