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The It Girl was by far the best album ever to be released by Brit band, Sleeper way back during the height of the Brit-pop boom, and still stands out, much as Different Class by Pulp always did, as a true classic that manages to define everything that whole Brit-pop era was all about! Featuring a whole host of hit-singles along with some very accomplished album tracks, The It Girl remains one of my favourite albums of all time!
Beginning with the slightly mediocre Lie Detector, the album then breaks into its stride proper with the awesome Sale Of The Century which is among the strongest of all tracks on the album. Next is the catchy What Do I now which literally cries out for you to sing along and the slightly surreal Good Luck Mr.Gorsky which refers to the words Neil Armstrong was, falsely I believe, reputed to have said upon landing on the Moon.
Feeling Peaky is another upbeat song that quickly gets under your skin and is followed by Shrinkwrapped and the amusingly titled track, You Dress Like Your Mother!
Statuesque remains my favourite of the singles released from this album and is followed by the less memorable, Glue Ears before getting back on track with Nice Guy Eddie named after a character from a Tarratino movie! Stop Your Crying, Factor 41 and Click...Off, Gone finish the album off and are perfect songs to end on! Though I have my own personal favourites here, there is not a bad song on the album and only two which I am less keen on which are Glue Ears and Lie Detector! Even these are still okay just not as high in quality as the remaining tracks!
Louise Wener is now a successful novellist with four books under her belt and this is a shame as, despite having their fair share of critics, this was always one of my favourite bands and much better than Elastica, also of that paticular time, who seemed to get more favourable reviews. Still if you are looking for some Brit-pop nostalgia, you could do worse than dig this out of your collection as chances are, you have forgotten just how good an album this is!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Lie Detector
2 Sale Of The Century
3 What Do I Do Now
4 Good Luck Mr Gorsky
5 Feeling Peaky
7 Dress Like Your Mother
9 Glue Ears
10 Nice Guy Eddie
11 Stop Your Crying
12 Factor 41
13 Click Off Gone