Passionoia CD (2003)

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Black Box Recorder's eagerly-awaited third record Passionoia is an even likelier contender and a much more uptempo affair than previous albums, set to catapult them one way or another into the realms of genuine, urbane pop phenomena. Subjects tackled are as diverse as school, mating, er, school-mating and dating, pop stardom and revolution, Andrew Ridgely and Princess Diana. So no change there then.


Label One Little Indian Records
SKU 60610931
UPC 827954037629
UPC 14 00827954037629
Format CD
Release Date 9/2/2003
Author Black Box Recorder
Featuring John Moore
Featuring Luke Haines
Vocals Sarah Nixey
Artist Bio
BBR are as ever the enigmatic three piece led by the honey-voiced Sarah Nixey, and backed by cynicism's own Gilbert and Sullivan, John Moore and Luke Haines. The band appeared fully-formed at the start of 1998 and have released two albums to date. The trio's debut, the brutish and bleak England Made Me (more of an accusation than a boast) packed more gall into its 37 minutes than most bands manage in a career and spawned the single Child Psychology which was banned from national radio due to the line 'Life is unfair/Kill yourself or get over it'. The stunning follow-up entitled The Facts Of Life - which seemed to inhabit a funky netherworldhalfway between Air and (a less-stoned) Velvet Underground - saw the band performing the Top Twenty title track on Top Of The Pops and a nation cowering behind a collective settee. Black Box Recorder said at the time that it was their most flamboyant ambition to make a second album that actually sells well and so it came to pass.Haines and Moore are two of the best British songwriters of the last decade and possibly the only men who can write with a sneer. Together they provide the idyllic musical backdrop for Sarah Nixey, the Vera Lynn of modern warfare. Indeed the pair have said that they "like the idea of writing songs for disturbing, disturbed people and getting our friends to sing them". Now, more than ever, pay attention to those lyrics.
ReviewSource Pitchfork
Review Passionoia is just esoteric enough to pleasantly fluster (go decipher "GSOH Q.E.D.", a pursed-lips romp through newspaper personals). But it's also wickedly smart; if you think intelligence in indie lyrics must come at the expense of coherence, take in a couple of these impeccably linear narratives. The arrangements, meanwhile, are Haines' usual fare-- deceptively cute, a tad on the lazy side, but always memorable. The funniest thing about Black Box Recorder has always been that, embodying all things British, they end up sounding French. This paradox is in full effect on Passionoia: Blippier numbers seem informed by Air, and chord progressions borrow from disco-era Gainsbourg.
ReviewRating 8
Uncut As ever, BBR's absinthe-flavoured acid drops give you a great deal more to suck on than the rest of pop's confectionery selection.
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