for January 20, 2003
ALTROK Ordinals 44
Roddy Frame - Surf (Cooking Vinyl/spinART)
Best known as the leader of the early-to-mid 80's Scottish band Aztec
Camera, Roddy quietly released his second solo record Surf late in 2002.
Stripped down acoustic gems pretty much all the way through. Some of his
strongest songwriting too. You may or may not remember Aztec Camera's "new
wave-era" hits Oblivious, Walk Out To Winter, Good Morning Britain, and
their great reworking of Van Halen's Jump, to name but a few. And this
record will probably be overlooked by most, but you should do yourself a
favor and seek it out. There are several tracks on this record that should
impress. Small World, Over You, I Can't Start Now, Tough, and Turning The
World Around is just a start; the same clever, Elvis Costello-like wordplay
is still there. Tinges of country, soul, and (since it's an acoustic record
sung by a guy with a British accent) reminiscent of Nick Drake.
(Ordinals appear by the courtesy of Jeff Raspe.)
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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