Monday morning blues can be best relieved with either angst-ridden grunge or dreamy pop rock. Today I sought solace with LUSH but found Sing-Sing instead.
One of my first reviews was the first release by Sing-Sing. I’ve included it below. I probably would have written a different review in 2013, but here is how it was printed in Beat magazine back then:
9th October 2001
Sing Sing The Joy of Sing Sing
The Joy of Sing-Sing by Sing-Sing is truly that –a joy. Sing Sing consists of the enchanting Emma Anderson, from the renowned legendary British group Lush, and Lisa O¹Neill, from Mad Professor and Locust. What has ensued is a mixture of contemporary, progressive pop, full of multi-layered and profound lyrics, and a unique merging of guitar and electronica rhythms. They lend more towards electronica largely due to producer, Mark van Hoen. At times the sound is confusing but the diversity of styles is quite motivational and compels further listening to receive the full impact.
30 seconds of eerie electronic chiming tones lead into the heavenly dreamy Everything and fans of Lush realise how much they’ve missed Emma’s sweet seductive voice. Although extremely different as it is not as guitar edged and shoe-gazing, it is still poppy, lighthearted and fun but with an electronic edge.
In this way, throughout the cd, Sing Sing is overwhemingly dichotomous. I’ll be reminds me of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and his dual view of the world. It discusses the change one will go through for love, without any pretentiousness, yet feeling obligated to change who they are to win love. It has a startling concoction of deviance and innocence, with contrastingly strong vocals and syrupy, mellow music. It ends with the sweet sound of a bird singing – reminding me of one of Blue Velvet’s final scenes where a large Red Robin, deliberately artificial yet still naturally beautiful, is carrying a big ugly bug in its mouth.
Other songs showing this contrast are Command and Underage, which are tranquil and melodiously calm, yet vocally strong and lyrically deep.
The Joy of Sing Sing includes some beautiful tracks, especially Tegan, Me and My Friend, and Feels like Summer. But my favourite is definitely Émigré, possibly because (I’m sorry to do this again, but) it is so reminiscent of Lush.
The Joy of Sing Sing is dreamy electronica pop – pure bliss.