I had reasonably low expectations when re-listening to this effort. I’d presumed Custard had left the bestest days behind them (back around debut album time).
The secret seems to have been a reversion to the sound and feel of the debut; more country-ish guitar work, and less synth (and occasional cowbell).
The first five (!) tracks are out and out winners. The brilliant Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us) kicks off proceedings and sets the tone for party pop. Hit Song is great fun too… and the pace keeps up right through to Ringo (I Feel Like):
The band has hit its stride now, and deliver still more gold in the back half. Pluto (Parts 1 & 2) and Funny are delights and direct contrasts (as one lays down a power riff, the other a synth melody).
I’m so happy to have reembraced this CD and the world of McCormack and co. They are a much missed bright spot on the Aussie music scene.
File under: Modern Lovers meets Bananarama?