Norway - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 15 - 01/12/98
Arne Hansen & The Guitarspellers
Reindeer Can Fly!
"This Christmas was a riot, and now I'm on a diet" might be
a suitable lyric-line at the moment. Ok, this CD ought to have been
reviewed in last moon's menu, but unfortunately I got hold of it too
late. Though apart from such seasonal issues as Santa Is A Fake,
Bad Xmas, A Christmas Gift For Iris, Xmas In Bed
and Teenage Xmas Party, there are a few more general winter songs
represented of current interest: Snowman In My Heart,
Waiting For Summer and the instrumental Ski!. Anyway,
this is first and foremost an album suitable for Christmas parties.
15 pills of pure Christmas energy! The lyrics deal with seasonal topics
in a humourous way: the original gospel in Nativity, a slightly
more modern myth in the title track and the ordinary earthbound problems.
From my own childhood experiences, I know what Arne is at in
No Fish On Christmas Eve and I quite agree. Duty-free Xmas
is another highlight where Arne praises duty-free shops at foreign airports
where he can buy all the gifts and goodies for his little lady and avoid the
traditional Christmas rat race. The only problem is to get through the green
customs gate at Fornebu airport in Oslo without being caught.
Musically Arne and his guitarplayers present a sort of one-man
Hammond-and-rhythm-box-orchestra with some guitar in additions, tunes
sounding slightly like XTC now and again and some vocals in the Monochrome
Set vein thrown in for good measure. I think there are two guitarspellers,
playing fuzz- and bassguitar, but once in a while they ought to have been
louder when the rythm-box gets too annoying. On my own, 51 minutes in
company with Arne and his gang might be too much. Anyway,
Reindeer Can Fly! is intended as a joyful party-party album, and
it is. We'll hopefully be blessed with Christmas in 1998, too. Why not
start the preparations early for once by buying this CD at once? As Arne
sings: Christmas is gone, remove all the gear, till Christmas returns
in less than a year. Only 10 months and a few days to go before we're
at it again...
Might be ordered from Tore S. at Perfect Pop.
Copyright © 1997 JP