reviews

 

 

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" ... Another classic record - one of my favourite bands." ... Alison Wenham (CEO AIM)

"Flipron belong in that elite band of witty, oh-so literate English rascals that includes Madness, Squeeze and early XTC." ... Sunday Express

" ... like The Kinks at their most whimsical." ... Vive Le Rock  

" ... a modern hybrid, fusing Carter USM and Madness at their best. You'll love this album, unless you're dead, and even then you'll be vaguely approving." ... www.mickmercer.com

"Flipron are bloody marvellous. Smart, tuneful purveyors of classic, upbeat, verbose English pop which could lift any heart." ... www.soundsxp.com

" ... like The Stranglers on acid." ... www.whisperinandhollerin.com

" ... a treasure chest glowing with flamboyant magic." ... www.miwsig.co.uk

" ... with every release they are getting stronger. Without doubt their best album to date." ... www.billybop.be

" ... there's so much colour you'd think they were sponsored by Dulux." ... www.pushblog.co.uk

" ... great fun - like having a revue show on your stereo." ... www.getreadytorock.com

 

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"... what a great album ... they are a talent!" ... Alison Wenham (CEO, AIM) www.musicindie.com

“ … Glastonbury’s macabre funsters are at the top of their game … great writing” … Music Week 

“… music hall punks enlist Rat Scabies and go rock! … like a more ramshackle Madness or a punk era Elton John!”… Uncut 

" ... the best thing I have heard all year." ... Rat Scabies in Mojo

" ... Flipron hint at Madness's Everyman lyrics and Ray Davies' whimsicality." ... Q

" ... Stunning. This man's songs are contagious! ... www.mickmercer.com Album of the Year

“… a brilliantly upbeat collection of musical dolly mixtures that instantly lifts any doom and gloom in a way that few new albums can accomplish.” … Belfast Telegraph, Album of the Week - 5/5 

“… their third and best album to date.  Hail the kings of zombie pop.” … www.artrocker.tv 

“… Flipron effortlessly sound like nothing else”… Crackerjack 9/10 

“… mad as wasps yet brilliant at the same time.”… www.getreadytorock.com 

“... I’ve never fell in love with an album so much on the first week.”... www.miwsig.co.uk

“… a damn near perfect record.” ... www.musicomh.com

"... Fantastic. With lyrics to die for and music to live for, Flipron get it absolutely spot-on, nailed, done-and-dusted." ... www.toxicpete.co.uk

 

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"... the best record of 2006"... Alison Wenham (CEO, AIM), Music Week.  www.musicindie.com

"...in 1972 this would have been seen as eccentricity of the highest order - in 2006 they might as well sticker this record with 'Don't buy this - it's a bit mad.'  Good work."  ... Classic Rock

 
"... if Syd Barrett were still alive, he'd probably be in this band." ... www.theirishworld.com

"... Flipron could become the house band on the ghost ship on the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean. Someone tell Johnny Depp." ... The Independent

".... the best wordsmith in the UK...immerse yourself in their world and celebrate a true national treasure." ... www.mickmercer.com

"... one thing's for sure, there won't be anything like this in your music collection." ... www.gigwise.com

"... mixing Hanna Barbera with Tim Burton, you'll struggle to find a band as original and fascinating as Flipron." ... www.musicomh.com

“… a recipe of psychedelic instrumentation and fairytale-like lyrical rhymes leave a strangely addictive taste in the mouth. An increasingly infectious listen.” … Music Week

"... an astounding piece of work by a band truly unafraid of the unconventional." ... Neonbuzz

"... the album that Paul McCartney might have made if Linda had let him stay on acid." ... www.unpeeled.net  (album of the month)

"... perhaps the first truly eccentric figures of the 21st century." ... Classic Rock Society

"... this is a fabulous record...essential listening." ... Shakenstir

"... woozy, bohemian pop massacre. Brilliant, but frankly unclassifiable." ... The Daily Telegraph

 

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"... It's a treat to encounter a genuinely uncategorisable group ... they plough a furrow intriguingly distant from most of the contemporary cliche zones ... far richer soundscapes than those of your average group." ...

Charles Shaar Murray, Observer Music Monthly

"... a modern Alex Harvey ... get this now ... it's stunning." ... www.mickmercer.com

"...Tom Waits doubtless has this album on his iPod." ... Rotbotfist

"... Flipron are otherworldly and wonderful for it ... like Madness produced by Joe Meek ... a mini-masterpiece." ... www.musicomh.com

"... Flipron sound like nothing else." ... www.gigwise.com

"... the most amusing and lyrically clever album I've heard this year." ... www.bbc.co.uk

"... a joyous realisation that being eclectic doesn't necessarily involve a pretentious pre-planned approach to music-making." ... Angryape

"... Like the Auteurs meets the Small Faces ... a seriously funny record full of wicked tricks ... indulge yourself if you dare." ... Playlouder

" ... I love this album - the songs are great. Go out and buy it." ... The Beat Surrender

"... truly quite a find, which all discerning music fans need to hear." (9/10) ... www.whisperinandhollerin.co.uk

"... easy listening for the uneasy." ... www.national-student.co.uk

 

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Magic Car - Family Matters

The Scott4 Free Rock Orchestra - E-S-P

Scott4 & Magic Car - European Punks LP

Magic Car - Yellow Main Sequence

 

"...this really is a lovely album."

Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

www.bobharris.org

"Nottingham may seem an unlikely spot for the plaintive echoes of the Cowboy Junkies, but Magic Car's Family Matters  is often strikingly similar. The Margo Timmins like vocals of Hazel Atkinson glimmer on "White Knuckle Ride", offset by chief songwriter Phil Smeeton coming on like a mellow Jon Langford."

www.uncut.co.uk

"Phil Smeeton's songs are even more accomplished on this album...some
fascinating musical ideas."

 4/5

County Music People
 

"...a real find and a boon to anyone who still reveres the importance of a well-written song performed with feeling and class." 9/10

Whisperin and Hollerin  

“This is an album that will delight, captivate and entrance anyone with a heart and soul, plus an ear for good music well played in a laidback manner abetted by haunting vocals.”

Rambles.net

"...a total joy."

www.national-student.co.uk

"...beautifully enigmatic."

www.lonestarwebstation.com

"...rare quality...a fine record" (8/10)

www.americana-uk.com

"...there's some fine melodic songs here."

www.netrhythms.co.uk

"...delightful...sturdily memorable melodies, but what brings them closer to greatness than most is their imagination as arrangers."

Across the Tracks

 

 

"...an album of natural warmth and persuasive melodies."

Mojo

"It's impossible to pin down, but it's cool. You could say it may be a bit too quirky, but that's what they said about The Scissor Sisters 18 months ago." (4/5)

Spill

"...Scott 4 are mutating into some funky little demons." 

www.musicomh.com

 

"...one of the most wondrously epic pieces of music you'll hear all year." (8/10)

www.nme.com

"...a genuine haven away from the strictly ordered commercial imperatives of the mainstream pop marketplace."

The Times

"...this sumptuous opus has nothing to do with punk and everything to do with vaulting ambition, richly realised...if Scott4 took themselves seriously, they'd be world beaters." (**** 4 stars)

Uncut

"...we are in the presence of something great here...a funny, fabulous and full-on fantasy...perfect." (***** 5 stars)

Virgin

"...a staggeringly awesome album." (***** 5 stars)

www.americana-uk.com

"...mating gospel passion and folk melodicism, dusted with electronica and best played at an arizona sunset, it defies categorisation...all quite mad and completely addictive."  (***** 5 stars )

Logo

"Rather mad and charming."

Q

"Unique, moving and funny."

Time Out

"...brilliantly understated beauties, all"

MOJO

"...refreshingly different."

Music Week

"...I'm sensing this record having a place in "Top Ten Albums of 2002" lists, and most deservedly so."

Mundane Sounds

 

"...this really is a beautiful album."

Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

www.bobharris.org

"...this is a fantastic debut... twelve songs as good as anything you'll hear this year...don't let this little gem pass you by." (***** 5 stars)

www.americana-uk.com

"...this is a wonderful album. It features the sort of songs that, once finished, make you want to punch the air in sheer bloody optimism."

netrhythms

"...with these 12 tracks, Magic Car will be known as the most important band to hit the alt.country scene since Lambchop" 

Beesknees

 "...this is gold to the  ears and soul..."

Sctas

"...Hazel Atkinson possesses one of those stop you in your tracks and melt your heart voices...warmth just oozes from this record." -

Oldweirdamericana 

"...the songs on yellow main sequence are as fine and sincere as anything the genre has produced"

comes with a smile

"...it deserves every plaudit it garners."

Logo

"...better than good!"

Texas Music Kitchen

"This is new, this is relevant, this is great."

rambles.net

"A band absolutely oozing talent and imagination."

Country Music Round Up

"...a brilliant collection of songs."

Traditional Music Maker

"...really impressed with this ...utterly engaging"

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