The Len Price 3 - Pictures

Christmas shopping in ram-packed shops, teeming crowds and evil bus drivers had me bah-humbugging all the way home. But lo and behold when I pop in Pictures, the third album by Kentsters The Len Price 3, I am suddenly and magically transported into the middle of Ready Steady Go! Of all the decades that musicians will hark back to it is the 60’s that remains a firm favourite, and well it should. That was the decade of cool Rule Britannia and too many classic bands to mention. And here is a little slice of it, with songs referencing so many sources it’ll be a fun game of “name that influence!” This album, with it’s harmonizing vocals, jingly-jangly guitars and witty lyrics is F-U-N! So grab your parka, hop on that Vespa, and follow me!

The CD opens with The Who inspired ‘Pictures’ followed The La’s-like ‘Keep Your Eyes On Me’, a witty and scathing attack on b-list celebrities. The fabulous ‘I Don’t Believe You’, starts off with the very sentiments I had for the Greater Manchester Transportation system, “If there’s a heaven then you’re going to hell.” The intro is reminiscent of The Kink’s 'All Day and All Of The Night' but the song then goes off in a jaunty light-hearted direction that will have you twisting away in your living room. ‘The Girl Who Became A Machine' is another Kinks-esque tune replete with wonderfully cheesy Farisa organ.

‘After You’re Gone’ is dripping with The Who's ‘The Kids Are Alright’ phrasing and Dave Clark Five harmonies, ‘Mr. Grey’ is soaked in early Bee Gees (before the white suites), and the stompin’ ‘Nothing Like You’ is a song Manfred Mann would have been proud to call their own. ‘If You Live Around Here’ marches along at a burning pace with the Kent lads trying to sound like they all live in the middle of London and ‘You Tell Lies’ is glorious Mop Top fun. The final track is a bit of a departure. Though still rooted in the 60's, the band seemed to have abandoned Blighty for West Coast U.S.A. with the very Turtles sounding 'The Great Omani' complete with 'Bha-bha-bha-bha's'.

I think you get the picture. This album in rooted in ’65 – ’66 second wave British Invasion glory. The band do it well, and sound like they are having a marvelous time too. The downside is you spend so much time guessing the groups they are lovingly ripping off that you never get a sense of who these guys really are. It is one thing to reference a musical era, and quite another to imitate it. There are some cracking tunes on here, and the CD is a great listen, but if The Len Price 3 want to be apart of their own musical heritage then they may want to start being themselves.

Overall

7

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 22:41:08

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