Blueboy - If Wishes Were Horses

The first of a three volume re-issue programme, If Wishes ... collects together Blueboy's debut mini-album, early singles and respective b-sides - originally issued on the Sarah label during 1991-93. Their's was a sophisticated take on the trademark Sarah sound, with guitarist Paul Stewart bringing his classical and jazz-influences to the Sundays-like jangle that accounted for the more up-tempo side of their output, and multi-instrumentalist Gemma Townley adding a sophistication (and her vocals) to the arrangements. Quietly political - something that's often forgotten about the whole 'anorak' scene - frontman Keith Girdler's sexuality occasionally came to the fore: "For all the pubs and clubs / There is still no love / Let me be, please, let me be free," giving a lie to notion that the Sarah bands were just middle-class twee. A worthy and eminently enjoyable collection of early 90s English indie.

Overall

7

out of 10

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