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MP3 Music, January 1, 1990
Audio, Cassette, July 16, 1996
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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the 1996 sophomore album from this Britpop band led by Louise Wener. Sleeper were massive: hit singles, sell out tours, and at one point you could not open a magazine or a newspaper without seeing a picture of the band. Packed with singles and presented here with a hatful of B-sides and live tracks, the time is right to dip your toe back in the Britpop waters.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 4.94 x 0.45 inches; 3.68 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Arista
- Original Release Date : 1996
- Date First Available : December 17, 2006
- Label : Arista
- ASIN : B000002VQM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #231,410 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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sleeper didn't really fit the within the confines of traditional britpop. first of all, sleeper was one of the few female-fronted bands (along with elastica, echobelly, and catatonia) to actually make a name for themselves. what's more, damon albarn wasn't dating justine from elastica, and louise wener (while certainly not bad looking in the least) lacked sonya aurora maden's overt sexuality and feminist stance. maybe that's why sleeper never quite reached the same heights as their britpop peers.
it's a shame, really, because sleeper's second album, 'the it girl,' is one of the finest britpop albums--right up there with 'parklife,' 'urban hymns, 'dog man star,' and 'different class.' what sleeper *did* have going for them were incredibly good, catchy, melodic songs. 'the it girl' built on the success of their first single, 'inbetweener,' and the result was one of the most consistently gratifying albums of the era. stephen street (uber-britpop producer) should be given credit for harnessing louise wener's and andy mcclure's considerable writing talents. however, although mcclure was undoubtedly indispensable, it's clear 'the it girl' is louis wener's show. her narratives on 'the it girl,' are compelling and biting, revealing a woman coming to terms with loser boyfriends ('nice guy eddie'), uncertainty ('what do i do now?'), lost love and betrayal ('sale the century'). no, louise wener did have the greatest of voices, but her voice serves the songs well and she certainly can carry a nice melody. ultimately, 'the it girl,' is an album full of immediately memorable songs by a band, i fear, lost in the ashes of the britpop meltdown. it's a shame because i absolutely adore this album. it didn't leave my cd player for the better part of 1997. whenever i listen to it i have nothing but great memories of what it was like to be smack dab in the middle of the britpop explosion. it was the best summer of my life and this was my soundtrack.
Even if you were one of the half million people who bought " The It Girl " back in 1995 you can't help but admitting that Sleeper were a band with higher I.Q than actual talent in melody . Still , it's obvious that this one was the best of their three offerings and one of the coolest british releases of that time . From the delicious female cynism of " Nice Guy Eddie " ( " Yes I knew that you wanted me " ) to the honest lust and love of " Sale Of The Century " ( " Was it when i said i wanted to have children ? " ) , the lyrics have such a strong personallity of their own and the album's good points don't stop here . " Statuesque " is as catchy as they get while " Stop Your Crying " , even though it's quitte different from a typical Sleeper song , has that positive vibe that's hard to resist . Even the lo-fi ballad of " Click Off Gone " has a moody ,weary quality that makes it stand out .
Overall The It Girl is a good pop record which never manages though to be anything truly gripping or eartshattering . Still , for me they were a guilty pleasure of some sort : a female fronted band with a singer who couldn't sing and a monsterlike confidence which you could never suspect where it came from .
I was there at Milton Keynes in 1995 when Michael Stipe escorted her onto the stage in front of 60,000+ fans and sang her Happy Birthday to her. She has since refered to this as one of her great memories of the time. It was an epic night; Sleeper opened, followed by the Cranberries, Radiohead and R.E.M.
As for this album, it's locked into its time and place for me, but it certainly stands up against the likes of Blur, Oasis, Suede and others of the era.
The opening sequence of Lie Detector, What Do I Do Now and Sale of the Century is hard to beat (I'm talking about the UK version).
Oddly, the brilliant "Glue Ears" has been omitted for this release. Not sure why, but you can't probably download it.
Anyone who has a slight interest in Britpop needs to buy this. Every song is catchy, with lashings of British humour thrown in. Louise has a great indie rock chick vibe. A+++