Thursday, January 13, 2005

Flying Down To Mono Valley

This was the title of the second album by The Popinjays and was where they eclipsed the promise of their first album "Bang Up To Date," and before they turned their back on jaunty speedball pop with their introspective third, and final, album "Tales From The Urban Prairie." On Mono Valley, helped out by the assured production of Ian Broudie, the band's core duo of Wendy Robinson and Polly Hancock delivered a set of songs on first listen jaunty sing along pop but with more depth to the lyrics than their chartbound contemporaries. Maybe that was the problem, despite being able to turn out radio friendly pop the band wasn't about to totally sell their soul to get on top of the pops.

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