Scotland - Full Moon 45 - 06/16/00
A brand new single from the Scottish pop lads and the Kings of Britain 1999/2000.
Their last album, The Man Who, has sold over 2 million copies in the UK alone,
and is still selling by thousands every week. Coming Around - originally
recorded as a "b-side" just before The Man Who was put out - is released as
2 CD singles, and includes two more songs by front man Fran Healy, one written by bass
player Dougie Payne, as well as a cover song.
Coming Around is a perfect summer song, a cheerful tune with the trademark
Travis-tristesse, jangly guitars and fine harmonies. 60's inspired, surely, maybe not
so Byrds-like, but more related to fellow Scotsmen Teenage Fanclub's modern
retrospectivity. Definitely a hit. The Connection is a slow-rolling piece, a bit
on the smooth (and too anonymous) side, while Rock 'n' (Salad) Roll is more of a
noisy, "stupid" rock song. Sounding like a song to fill up a CD single with, and quite
forgettable I'm afraid.
Payne's contribution, Just The Faces Change, is a quiet, acoustic and drumless
ballad. Fine but no eye-brows raised. The Band's The Weight is doing well in the
hands of Travis, as the folky country ballad it is, but I guess it's funnier to hear Travis
take on cover songs from a stage. Nevertheless, with Coming Around summer is set.
Copyright © 2000 Håvard Oppøyen