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Korgis, The: …by appointment

Their roots go all the way back to the late '60s and the formation of British band Stackridge. The band released a string of albums in the early to mid '70s and broke up in 1976. Two of the original members Andy Davis and James Warren kept in touch and would eventually form The Korgis in 1978. It wouldn't last for long however and in the early '80s The Korgis were on hiatus. That is until their recent reformation, this time as a three piece with the addition of John Baker.

Ok, so just what is this band all about? Well, the answer is pretty simple, pure glistening pop rock, very catchy and melodic with stand-out vocal harmonies. The arrangements are clean and concise, if not very complex, but it is the vocals that stand out here. Nods to the fab four can be heard often, maybe even some 10cc.

The eighteen tracks are re-recorded versions of original Korgis tunes with a few unplugged numbers mixed in.

The first track "If I Had You" is a jaunty pop ballad, quite dreamy with nice piano and lead guitar. The Beatles and 10cc are good reference points.

"Everybody's Got To Learn Some Time" is a lushly orchestrated ballad while the uplifting pop of "True Life Confessions" has a vocal arrangement that wouldn't be out of place on a Moon Safari album.

More infectious rhythms abound in the reggae influenced "Lines" while "Perfect Hostess" is probably my personal favourite with its early '80s new wave approach. Other highlights include The Beatles inspired bluesy rock of "Mount Everest Sings The Blues" and The Beatles homage "Something About The Beatles", a dream swept rocker with sublime vocals and cooking organ. Really, the entire album is one big ear worm. Whether that is enough to hold your interest for around sixty-five minutes is another story. For a pop album, …by appointment is pretty damn good.

Track Listing:
1. If I Had You
2. Everybody's Got To Learn Some Time
3. True Life Confessions
4. This Worlds For Everyone
5. Lines
6. Perfect Hostess
7. One Life
8. If It's Alright With You Baby
9. Hold On
10. Mount Everest Sings The Blues
11. All The Love In The World (unplugged)
12. I Just Can't Help It
13. That's What Friends Are For (unplugged)
14. Something About The Beatles
15. Young 'N' Russian
16. It Won't Be The Same Old Place
17. Art School Annexe
18. Rover's Return

Added: March 23rd 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
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Language: english

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