- 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)
Curse of Singapore Sling
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to find a lot of "recommended listening" suggestions on websites laughable until I tried out Iceland's Singapore Sling based on an Amazon tip after I bought the JAMC boxed... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by smooth108
This is a mysterious band from Reykjavik, Iceland. There dark origins cannot be traced to the Icelandic sagas. No they don't sound like Bjork or Sigur Ros. Read morePublished on April 20, 2004 by alexander laurence
I think the album tracks better in this order:
2 Nuthin' Ain't Bad
4 No Soul Man
6 Overdrive Demomix (not on album,... Read more
This is a maddening record! The highs are so high and the lows are so low, it drives me nuts!! "Summer Garden" and especially "Overdriver" are two of the GREATEST songs I've... Read morePublished on July 31, 2003 by Eric J. Hradecky