NOTE: If you cannot handle me bleating on again for approximately 500 words about the sheer amazing-ness of Alphabeat, discontinue reading here. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The new Alphabeat album “The Spell” leaked online recently and, as you may have gathered from the above image and warning, IT IS AMAZING!
Regular readers of my blog are likely already familiar with my mild obsession avec the pop powerhouse that is Alphabeat. Their first album was positively overflowering with sunny melodies and had more solid gold hooks than… a pirate convention? (I guess that works kind of? Either way I’m going with it. Ha.) Anyway, in case you missed my extensive gushing over Alphabeat previously, it can be found here.
So, while their first album was largely influenced by 80s pop music this second one has a very early 90s sound with influences like Black Box’s “Ride on Time” – the very same that I had commented on here as I am obviously a conduit through which zeitgeist flows out into the ether.
HOW AMAZING ARE A BAND THAT LOVE “RIDE ON TIME” IT’S LIKE THEY LOOKED INTO MY BRAIN AND BASED AN ALBUM ON THAT!?!?!?!?!
Here is one example of the ludicrously good songs found on “The Spell.” It’s called “Always Up With You” and not only is it a solid gold pop moment, I can’t help but smile when the “uh uh uh oh”s come in. AMAZING! That really is the genius of Alphabeat: the songs manage to capture a sense of fun and of the ridiculous as well as containing fantastic melodies.
I’m tempted to buy a fluorescent tracksuit and some Pump high tops so that I may properly throw myself around like fool while dancing to this song. It needs to be a single with a killer video. Ooh, here it is live as well. Loving it, obviously.
I know I over-use this word a little but let’s be honest here, AMAZING!
Another great song from the album is “Heatwave” which I have attached below. I see Always Up With You being a bit more Trevor to Heatwave’s Jo-ann, if that makes any sense at all. Actually, that doesn’t really make any sense without explanation does it? What I mean is that Always Up With You strikes me a song for people who already love 90s dance music whereas Heatwave is more directly accessible. Anyway, overly verbose explanations aside, here is Heatwave.
You hit baby, I’m hit baby!
The whole album is fantastic. ALPHABEAT ARE BACK AND HAVE AVOIDED THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP! Fantastic album cover too (below)!