There's Only We

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 July, 1999, 12:00am

One Lady Owner - There's Only We (Creation) The fact is unavoidable, so we will dispense with it immediately: One Lady Owner will be the next Oasis, if they are not already.

A raucous rock band from Manchester, they found themselves in the big time when Creation's Alan McGee - who launched Oasis into the cosmos - took them on, rough edges and all.

Those rough edges are still apparent here, but supplement the overall, er, charm of a record inspired by cheesy 1960s science-fiction television series like UFO, and 70s American cop shows (especially The Streets Of San Francisco).

There is something endearing about the band's direct approach to their sound, an approach appropriate in itself because they charge out of the blocks recalling The Stranglers at their most urgent, frantic best, before switching to neurotic, Joy Division-like strains for some light relief.

They do a grand job of acknowledging their other inspirations too, fusing the sound of the Kinks, the Velvet Underground and Pearl Jam without provoking the suspicion that they are ripping any of them off.

One thing they should not be mistaken for is a 'Britpop' outfit, having far too much attitude and aggression to belong to that phoney, press-inspired 'movement'.

One Lady Owner they may be - careful drivers they are certainly not.



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