CD reviews

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 March, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2003, 12:00am

The Electric Music AKA

The Resurrection Show


Odd name, odd band. 'The artists formerly known as Electric Music were forced to suffix their name with AKA after the threat of legal action from one-time Kraftwerk teaboy Karl Bartos,' reads the proud promo for their second album. They reckon it's edgy, like their dramatic cackle that they were 'officially the drunkest band to appear on Sean Hughes' Sunday morning show on London Live'.

Wow, this is real rock'n'roll, goes the gasping fan. The wonder, then, is just how soft and melodic this Scottish duo's sound is, even to the point of being bloodless. The Resurrection Show is a soulful, milk-and-water album with no hint of bad-boy antics.

This might not be too much of a surprise after their 2000 debut, the chilled-out come-down album North London Spiritualist Church, but the understated lyricism is nevertheless impressive.

Tom Doyle's vocals veer through this thinking-man's pop from trill to warble - imagine the Pet Shop Boys doing Beach Boys karaoke - while Anth Brown's backing includes harps, xylophones, buzzers, bells and other tubular assortments as a perma-background.

The single Something Up With The Stars, plays with wrapping a catchy rhythm around a recurrent harp and finger-bell sample to create a mildly irritating but solid song begging for radio play. Thereafter, the tempo ratchets down a couple of notches.

As modest highlights, Dumb Vertigo treads a Coldplay path to introspection, while the final track, All Comes Back To You, is a melodic, almost haunting wind-down that lets the music fade away with a happy tear in its eye and a wistful wave goodbye.