Friday, 16 December 2016

Review: Life's A Trap (Baby Scream)

#1,210: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! With eight trax and a running time of just over twenty minutes, you'd be forgiven for terming the latest offering from regular elobf reviewee Juan Pablo Mazzolo and his Baby Scream vehicle - temptingly entitled "Life's A Trap" - as a mini-LP or even an extended EP. Yet this, the sixteenth release in the career of this prolific Argentinian singer/songwriter and performer, manages to reach new heights in its apparent brevity.

"I'm 35 and I feel lost ..."

Within the confines of this compact octet of self penned songs that we are exposed to an array of lyrical gymnastics mixed with acoustic excellence in a release which balances the philosophical with personal angst within a framework of catchy tunes and impressive production. As you listen to "Life's A Trap" for the second, third and fourth time (and thereafter), you feel the influence of Bowie, Lennon and Bolan and even our beloved Jeff Lynne/ELO (as the intricate arrangements within my fave track "Climbing Down" ably demonstrate) throughout what is a quite remarkable, compact and precise piece of work. A lovely record and well worth the $7 asking price. (9/10)

Trax: "Life's Better When U R High" ~ "The Ballad Of Music Biz" ~ "Climbing Down" ~ "We Can't Go Back To 17" ~ "Wish You Were Beer" ~ "Jokes" ~ "The Road Bends" ~ "Midnight Snack"

Find out more about Baby Scream and/or buy new album "Life's A Trap" via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Life's A Trap" by Baby Scream to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 16-Dec-2016

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