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Joya Magica - 60ft Dolls

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: 60ft Dolls / Audio CD released 1999-08-09 at Huge & Jolly

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      07.03.2002 21:20
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      Joya Magica is the second album from the Welsh trio. I remember going to Spillers Records (the oldest record shop in the UK) in Cardiff to look for this album in 1998. After looking for ages with no joy,I noticed a petition which requested the release of the album. I'd read the reviews of the album and was ready to buy it, but the record label wouldn't release it. So I gladly signed the petition and thought no more about it. Three years later and after going to university I returned home to Wales at christmas and went shopping with some cd vouchers. After scavenging through the albums I came across...yes, you guessed it Joya Magica. During the mid nineties, music critics hailed Newport and its surroundind areas as 'The New Seattle'. The 60ft Dolls never did quite size up to Nirvana, or Pearl Jam. In fact, they never gained the same accolades as their Welsh counterparts, Manic Street Preachers, or the Stereophonics. All in all the 60ft Dolls were more of a cult band than mainstream. Their debut long-player 'The Big 3' wasn't a commercial success. It spawned several shouty, festival favourites such as 'Happy Shopper', and 'Pig Valentine', but rarely dented to Top 40. The band split up around the time of the release of Joya Magica in 1999. The album is a step in the right direction of their previous album. Catchy songs such as 'Alison's Room', and the brassy 'Back to The Summer' proved it to be a slightly more diverse album. Of course there are some weaker songs, 'Killer Inside' starts off a bit psychelidelic, but soon loses interest. Lead singer Richard Parfitt has since gone into management, and last I heard, he was managing the welsh band Terris. Alison's Room A string laden opener, which was released as a single. A great opener, with some heart broken lyrics. The Biggest Kick A great song, a catchy chorus and some crunchy guitar riffs <
      br> Summer Is Gone Another cracking song. After listening to this a couple of times, you'll be humming it. A great song to play in September. Pretty Little Thing Sounds a bit Status Quo - I suppose this isn't really a good thing is it? If Richard Parfitt lost the Francis Rossi act, this might be better. Bars, Cars & Movie Stars A mellowed out acoustic song. Wouldn't be amiss on Stereophonics' 'Word Gets Around' Silver Screen Another acousticy song, and again - Kelly Jones could claim this as a Stereophonics song. Back To The Summer A song backed with brass and horns etc. A simple yet catchy song Killer Inside Probably the weakest song on the album. Spanish The final song on the album, a great end to a great album. Overall this album is a bit easier on the ear then its predocesor. Its a shame that fame never really reached them in a big way. I suppose thats what makes buying an album like this more of an 'achievment'. Go out and buy this album - hopefully you wont be disappointed

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Alison's Room
      2 Let It Show
      3 Baby Says Yeah
      4 Biggest Kick
      5 Summer's Gone
      6 Silver Screen
      7 Back To The Summer
      8 Killer Inside
      9 Cars Bars And Movie Stars
      10 I Want You
      11 Pretty Little Thing
      12 Spanish