March 10, 2005

Test Spin- Lemon Jelly

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On Lemon Jelly’s ’64-’95, DJs Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin have created a concept album, an art form rarely seen in the world of electronica. Each song on the album contains a cornucopia of samples only taken from a specific year between 1964 and 1995. Sounds exciting, right? An album containing mod, psychedelic, singer/songwriter, arena rock, disco, post-disco and post-post-disco electronica! Unfortunately, that is where the fun stops. All begins well with ’88 (“Come Down On Me”); it is a pointless track, but then again so was the year 1988. Lemon Jelly clearly did not care to make any song actually resemble the year it samples from in any way; the production employed for each song is virtually indistinguishable from any other. What’s more, many songs evoke years that the samples have nothing to do with: ’76 (“The Slow Train”) brings the listener into the world of 1999 Old Navy stores so effectively you could almost feel the performance fleece. But nothing is more cringe-worthy than ’64 (“Go”), in which Lemon Jelly try to pull off irony with a William Shatner sample. Ironic William Shatner sample? That’s so 2001.

Archived article by Jared Wolfe
Sun Staff Writer