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Foxy Shazam – Foxy Shazam

October 25, 2010 by  

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Foxy Shazam – Foxy Shazam

NAME: Foxy Shazam
ALBUM: Foxy Shazam
DATE: 11October2010

LABEL: Sire

RATING: 4/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Stark Raving Brilliant, My Man

LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio

LINE UP: Eric Sean Nally (Vocals), Loren Daniel Turner (Guitars), Daisy (Bass), Sky White (Keyboards), Alex Nauth (Horns), Aaron McVeigh (Drums).

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: Foxy Shazam.

Three albums in.

Momentum level: Freight train.

Taking prisoners, Y/N: N.

SOUNDS LIKE: Foxy Shazam… It’s like simultaneously peering into the now while dipping into the past. All the energy and dynamism of the Zeitgeist coupled with a defiantly old-school sound that evokes the ghosts of some of the finest stage musicians of the last forty years. Powerful.

Loud and raucous, it’s the sort of album that can genuinely be described as a rollercoaster – full of highs, lows, twists, turns and screams – the other thing is that it’s big, grandiose, expansive, the sort of Rock and Roll written from the ground up to be blown out around stadiums. All pulled together with a ferocious passion by front man Eric Nally, whose stage persona seems to be a combination of Guido Fawkes and Freddy Mercury. Gloriously, they seem to be completely aware of their own ridiculousness and simply brush it off by being so damned full of themselves. Nowhere is this better expressed than in ‘Unstoppable’. Essentially the heir to evergreen rock classic ‘We Will Rock You’ it’s an energetic anthem to ridiculous ballsy bravado, it’s a football chant waiting to happen, it’s every teen sports movie theme for the next ten years and it’s brilliant.

In a sense it’s almost similar to what The Darkness achieved when they first flashed into the pan, but this doesn’t feel like a joke, Shazam’s greatest weapon may be the fact they are, at the basic level, consistently playing good smart music, crossing genres and instrument lines at a bound. ‘Connect’ is almost dangerously excellent and the sort of classic pop song that hasn’t been released for years; its simple, haunting piano strains leading brilliantly into each new angst-ridden verse sequence, backed by soul saturated, gospel choral sections. A three horse race cumulating in one glorious finish.

The fact remains that if the digital version is this good, it is quite possible that if exposed to the band’s sound live the unrestrained awesome would cause your heart to explode inside your chest cavity and shoot out your mouth in a beautiful visceral rainbow. So for the safety conscious among us this promises to be the most stomping, theatrical half hour of your year.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: A combination of Queen, Meatloaf and The Darkness sounds like the cake. Or, you understand the secret truth that raucous Karaoke on New Year’s Eve is one of life’s ultimate pleasures.

LINK: http://www.foxyshazam.com/


Submitted By Andrew Gregory


 

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