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It's Bad For You But Buy It - Ace Of Cups

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Genre: Rock - Psychedelic Rock / Artist: Ace Of Cups / Audio CD released 2003-11-24 at Big Beat

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      07.02.2012 16:38
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      Much better garage albums out there

      One of my favourite songs on the Girls in the Garage Vol. 2, is "Boy, what'll you do then?" by an all-girl band called Ace of Cups, curiosity got the best of me when I saw that an album compiling all the band's work from 1965 to 72 when they folded, it was released in 2003 called "It's Bad For You But Buy It" a reference to the band's somewhat hypnotic song called "Glue" which features a monologue about how you can improve your life and fulfill your dreams by buying a certain product, it's all expressed in a rather kitschy way like an advert from the 1960s.

      When I listen to all of the work of a band found on a garage rock compilation from the 60s, I usually find myself disappointed and discover that they only had one or two good songs. It would be difficult to write off the Ace of Cups work as bad but it's definitely quite varied and if like me you've been drawn to the band by the song "Boy, what'll you do then?" then you should probably have a listen to some of their other stuff and take into consideration that the band are not always quite as energetic.

      There are some nice catchy garage tunes such as "Stones" but there's also a lot of lighter stuff "Gospel" is a rather soft gospelly song with a somewhat high pitch backing choir and "Circles" is soul with lyrics that don't appeal to me. "Life in your Hands" never really gets going but it does posses a catchy riff in the background that sounds like reggae long before it existed and the simple lyrics are rather catchy.

      The final song "Hear Every Sound" is a very very girly song, it almost sounds like a child is singing, some may consider it beautiful but it's so far flung from the garage sound that drew me to the song that I wouldn't be surprised if someone has asked for a refund!

      Whilst clearly talented, it seems like the girls have different ideas and the band had a bit of an identity crisis, considering the price, I would recommend steering clear of it unless you're sure you like a range of their songs.


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