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DECKCHAIR POETS - Who Needs Pyjamas? - CD - Angel Air Records - 2013

For some strange reason this Deckchair Poets release is being promoted as a progressive rock product. Now, we are in the more liberal camp when it comes to the prog-rock definition, and still we can't see it. Certainly, being in other prog rock bands doesn't entitle keyboardist Geoff Downes (of Yes and Asia) or drummer Nick D'Virgilio (formerly of Spock's Beard) to use that questionable tag in everything they produce; and quite frankly, especially given prog-rock's notoriety, we can't even see why they need to do so.

As it is, Deckchair Poets, fronted by Jerusalem's Lynden Williams, is a fun, clever and versatile rock band. Deep Purple fans will find much joy in quite a few of the tracks, due to the classic rock inspired organ sounds(check out the keyboards on "Brown Trousers") and delivery (and a bit of trivia: it was DP's Ian Gillan who produced Jerusalem's 1972 album); and while there's also some old fashioned rock and roll in "One Ugly Child" and "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)," the band manages to sound quite fresh and true to current times, by means of production and tones. "Elephants, Not Ivory," for example, is modern rock sounding in terms of both its electronic keyboard sounds and its guitar work.

The lyrics are humorous (there's a trilogy about household necessities - toilet, washing machine and refrigerator; and that's not the funniest thing on the album), and the music is suitably fancy and rocking, with "Whipsnade Escapees" being a prominent example as it features animal-like sounds a hooking theme.

In conclusion, Who Needs Pyjamas? is a proficient, amusing listen, and in that aspect it's a kind of album you don't see much of these days (which earns it an extra point!). (8/10)

 

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