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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity Entertainment
  • ASIN: 5552117875
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Rossi on July 15, 2003
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Singapore Sling are currently wanted for assault on my ears, but I'm not pressing charges. In fact, I welcome the three guitar onslaught and the cacophony it produces.
Singapore Sling remind me of some of the 80s louder and more forward thinking guitar bands: Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth. Indeed Singapore Sling has no doubt absorbed these bands'catalogues, but the band also don't blatantly wear their influences on their sleeves.
"The Curse of..." puts it into first gear with 'Overdriver' where a spoken verse is broken by shards of blasting guitar, and the disc hits second gear on the couplet of 'Nuthin' Ain't Bad' (where a reverbed guitar adds a razors edge to the proceedings) and 'Midnight' (where a howling guitar in the verse is cut through with a pounding riff during the chorus).
'No Soul Man' effectively adds female vocals to the blues-y din and 'Roadkill' is a pedal-to-the-metal surf-rock anthem. 'Heart of Chrome' and 'Chantisissity' perfectly lead up to the best song on the album, a cover of the Standells 'Dirty Water.' On Singapore Slings' version the guitars live up to the song's title while the murky lyrics are buried beneath the sludge. The guitars are threatening yet poppy and the bass line is as propulsive as a jet engine.
This album is what I thought Black Rebel Motorcycle Club would sound like, judging on the pictures I had seen. That's not to say I don't like BRMC, but Singapore Sling top them in terms of sheer heft and spiky guitars. This is music that sounds as if it should have been recorded in a garage, and it will no doubt inspire countless garage revivalists in about 25 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 1 BIG M.E.S. on July 2, 2007
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think the best tracks from the first j.a.m.c. singles & the psychocandy lp (putting just like honey and some candy talking to the side for this consideration), spacemen 3 at their most fuzzed/drugged out, anything from loop's first 3 lp's or first 4 singles/eps, early telescopes (ala 7# disaster, the perfect needle, or precious little e.p.'s), the best buzzing from b.r.m.c.'s amps, &, then, use only as directed...HERE, THAT IS!!!...since this is available as an over-the-counter medication, place on stereo, turn volume to max, & press play.....if there's something else out there that's THIS drugged & psyched-out, totally drenched in fuzz & bathed in a 'could care less' attitude, PLEASE let me know what/who it is.....this release has received about 400+ plays here w/in the last 3 wks. and it's not likely to be shelved ANYTIME soon AT ALL!!!.....almost as good as 'venus in furs' or 'i heard her call my name' or 'the gift' by the v.u.!!!.....ok, u should have by now gotten the idea.....a pharmaceutical breakthru!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By e1x56u$*w# on August 16, 2007
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Forget Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. THIS is the band that delivers on the sound that I imagined when I first heard that name. Just have a listen to "Overdriver" and see if you don't agree it is one of the very coolest songs of all time. And it fits perfectly with cruising down the kind of highway depicted on the album's cover.

Most often compared to the Jesus & Mary Chain, Singapore Sling's sound cuts down on what I see as the Chain's sometimes excessive poppiness and replaces it with their own satisfyingly fuzzed-out, rougher rock edge.

Although I usually hate cover songs, I have to say I was very impressed with the Sling's great cover of the 60s song "Dirty Water" by the Standells. A garage rock classic made even better! On other songs like "Summer Garden", I seem to hear an echo of the Velvet Underground or Lou Reed.

Sometimes life's just not fair. These guys SHOULD be household names, but instead they remain an obscure and virtually unknown band with two great albums, now in search of a new label to release their third. Guess it's a bit of a case of being in the right place in the right time, and getting heard by the right people. BRMC's being in LA has no doubt helped them get tons of exposure, while Singapore Sling's being in Iceland cannot have exactly helped to make their talents known to the world.

So that's why I'm here to trumpet their achievements on this album. This is one band that I feel really DESERVES to be heard. If you like fuzz-guitared garage-style rock, you owe it to yourself to check these guys out.

So turn up the collar on your black leather jacket, put on your darkest pair of shades, turn up the volume on this and prepare to cruise off down that deserted two-lane highway stretching forever off into the distance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wickerlove on October 3, 2004
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It can only be speculated what chemicals these guys were on when Singapore Sling recorded this CD, but chances are it was probably the same stuff The Verve took during 'A Storm In Heaven' or Primal Scream popped during 'Screamadelica'. 'Curse Of Singapore Sling' is a whirlwind hallucinatory guitar ride, a vitriolic and mind-altering experience. Just think Jesus And Mary Chain meets Spacemen 3 or a more psychadelic The Raveonettes, all with a touch of fierce psychobilly swagger. Amongst other interesting substances, you can also smell the dust and gas-fumes trailing behind the Harley. You can smell the danger. 'Curse Of Singapore Sling' is great album by another overlooked Swedish band.
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