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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Heavenly - Operation Heavenly LP 1996

The final Heavenly album and released on Wiija instead of Sarah. I had to pay big bucks to get this one and it was probably worth it, as this is a bouncy, fun bundle of girl based harmonies in slightly 'tougher than twee' pop songs.

Amelia Fletcher is the golden girl of the C86 era and can almost do no wrong, however this is far from a perfect album. There are 5 or 6 strong tracks here, but the rest are at best average and in the case of 'Ben Sherman,' awful. Focusing on the positive however; 'Trophy Girlfiend', 'K-Klass Kisschase', 'Mark Angel' and 'Fat Lenny' are all outstanding Heavenly songs touched with a bitter sweet dose of nostalgia for the mid 80's.

It has to be said that the lyrics could be stronger and more cutting in the vein of 'Atta Girl' but that's a small criticism as we were in the grip of Britpop when this was released. Well I guess everyone else was in the grip of Britpop, but for Evlkeith and DocCortex it was business as usual.

It's hard to know what to say about Heavenly. They are what they are. There are no surprises here and if you like their earlier stuff you'll like this too.

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