Norway - Full Moon 88 - 12/08/03
Mooie Garage is a one man band where one Jaap delivers everything from composing and performing
to production. And with a thank you very much to Tony McPhee on the cover, it can't be all that bad,
Mooie Garage is not moving through blues rock landscape really, but he visits places where many
artists have been before him. Some people have raved about this record, but after several rounds
in my player, I am not too shure if this is such a great record though. The first few tracks kind
of glides by without too much happening with influences from Doors and some krautrock, maybe.
On track 4, everything changes. The tempo doubles and the band name gives more meaning. "When
She Comes Around" is a song so genuinely 60's garage that it could easily slip on to the original
Nuggets album. Aggressive guitars, marraccases that carry you away and a melody that is so
catchy it got to get your head nodding and you foot stomping. If Julian Casablancas fronted The
Velvet Underground it would have sounded like this. It's nothing short of a classic!
"Dreamwoods" is a beautiful instrumental track with accoustic guitars, discreet organ and sounds
of birds and insects. More "Grantchester Meadows" than "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party", to put
it that way. In between you get too much uninspired, blurred rootsy psychedelia too out of focus
So when the inevitable hidden track fades out at the end, I just have to say better luck next
time. This because I know Mooie Garage has a lot in him just waiting to be let free.
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