Saturday, August 9, 2014



Clarinets and flutes always make the loveliest instrumental music together, and that's why my latest stop in my journey back into the 80's was such a pleasant one. That would be the British melodic synthpop band FRAZIER CHORUS and their 1989 debut album "Sue". While I was wondering if 'sue' was in reference to literally the word 'sue'—as in 'sue for damages'—or, perhaps, a special lady named 'Sue', I was enjoying the beautiful melodies and the hushed vocals of lead singer Tim Freeman—so hushed, sometimes, that I wasn't always too attentive to all of the song's lyrics, even as interesting, exotic and abstract that they are. An excuse for a repeat listen, which will surely happen! So I primarily listened the first time through to enjoy the instrumentals and the soothing sound of the vocals—something that I always appreciate in any given album production anyways. But then, a bit of research revealed what this entire album is all about: roadside diners and eateries located in the United Kingdom. Huh?!! Proof yet again that one can be successful at making music about anything! Then I suppose it's safe to officially declare this "Sue" album as bubblegum pop. Probably would've guessed something along the lines of that eventually, considering that some of the titles—as quirky as they are—even have references to food and other things you'd likely to observe in a restaurant. After the warming melody to "Dream Kitchen" whetted my appetite (I like the little calypso accompaniment on the bells), I was all good and hungry to devour the rest of these easy-listening songs, getting special attachment to "Storm", the lightly funked-up jazz piece "Forty Winks", "Sloppy Heart" (I could use some 'sloppy' seconds for more of that dreamy piece!), "Sugar High", the chilling slow tune "Forgetful" (reminds me of some early DEPECHE MODE songs), "Little Chef"..... Really, I favor them all, but those I pointed out because the instrumental arrangements are the best, and they did wonders for relaxing my mind. As for the actual lyrics, then? Again, a repeat play is necessary for me, but I know Tim Freeman and company aren't simply singing just about these roadside diners and eateries; there's some love and romance happening in n these eateries, too, I suspect. I still find the whole concept of the album kinda funny, but in all seriousness, it's another replica of why I adore music from 80's so much:

1. Dream Kitchen
2. Storm
3. Forty Winks
4. Ha-Ha-Happiness
5. Sloppy Heart
6. Living Room
7. Sugar High
8. Forgetful
9. Typical
10. Ski-Head
11. Little Chef

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