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Album Review
Dr Boondigga And The Big BW

Dr Boondigga And The Big BW
by Fat Freddys Drop


Review Date
27th July 2009
Reviewed by
Amanda Ratcliffe

Kiwi talent, Fat Freddys Drop seem to be doing no wrong, and with the release of their second studio album, they’re beginning to prove it to the rest of the world. Having already gifted us with many a fine concert along with a live album, an EP and their DVD - named Fantastic Voyages Vol. 1, the lads have gathered up a variety of fans more than eager to lay ears on their latest masterpiece to hit the shelves.

The release of the album titled Dr Boondigga And The Big BW came with a mass of hype and features the unique cover art of the much admired Otis Frizzell. This art work alone has captured the attention of many including popular music magazine Rip It Up where it took prime position on the face of the June/July issue.

As the saying goes – ‘you should never judge a book by its cover’. But I believe this is a case where it’s completely acceptable to do so. With such exceptional effort put into the inlay, it’s pretty much a give in that this is going to be an album of only the highest quality. If you’ve admired their work in the past, then it’s sure to capture your heart all over again with tracks that flow as perfectly as the ones on their debut album.

Boasting nine brilliant songs no shorter than five minutes each, the Fat Freddys boys are certain to take you on a journey filled with passion and soul with all the rhythm they’re so well loved for. The first track titled Big BW is slow with soft lyrics to pull you into the groove before one of my absolute favourites, Shiverman.

It’s a danceable number with just over ten minutes of hot beats and low bass lines to get you on your feet. With no room for boredom, this is one song that I’d love to see the lads perform live in a hot sweaty underground bar in the middle of summer. Wild Wind is much the same differing slightly to their ‘usual’ sound – so obviously it’s another standout on this disc which clearly shows off the band’s more sophisticated side.

The Camel features vocals of popular young lady, Alice Russell who has also leant her magic in the past to Andrew Spraggon of Sola Rosa in his latest release. This time round she’s teamed up with Joe Dukie, and together they’ve produced a relaxing piece that is sure to become a well played hit in any café in town.

They’ve certainly left no leaf unturned and from this album you will instantly realise that the band are obviously looking to grow with their music – taking it to levels that were previously unexplored. There is a touch of dance accompanied with their signature grooves which is both inspiring and exciting leaving you proud to be a kiwi.

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