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Squeeze - Cosi fan tutti frutti (1985) Retail CD
Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti was the first record Squeeze made upon reforming in 1985, and a rather sorry affair it is! A good many of the songs are well below par, which is compounded by the more significant error of picking the wrong producer, Laurie Latham, a man more at home in the 1980s with twiddling the dials for acts like Paul Young.For a band renowned for their sprightly musical zip Latham was an odd choice and his production leaves most songs sounding preganant and laden with typically unattractive 1980s studio trickery. Glenn Tilbrook (the musical half of Squeeze's songwriting duo) mustmore… also bear some of the blame for his desire to over-experiment in the studio since he was already very disappointed with Squeeze's previous effort Sweets From A Stranger which actually contained far less over-production and is, desipte Tilbrook and Chris Difford's protestations to the contrary, an all-round decent record and much the better of Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti. Musical experimentation was vital in creating Squeeze's 1981 masterpiece Eastside Story, yet the type here is so stiffling it is a surprise they allowed onto vinyl. For a desirable '80s sounding' Squeeze record you would be best advised to seek out Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti's follow-up Babylon And On.Despite being responsible for producing any number of instantly memorable and beautiful melodies throughout their career, the first side of the LP is virtually devoid of any such instances. For example, King George Street contains a reasonable and grim lyric concerning domestic woes, which was fast becoming a Difford trademark, but has little else to recommend it. The only real moment on the first side coming close to capturing former glories is Last Time Forever, a suspensful track concerning a wife-murderer which features a particuarly fine vocal effort from Tilbrook (along with typical octave-apart harmonising with the croaky Difford during the chorus) and one Jools Holland's greatest jazzy moments for Squeeze at the ivories. New bass player Keith Wilkinson also lays down a haunting background, although the LP version is far too disjointed and long when compared to the significantly shorter single edit, which is helped by the production to become one of the band's most glorious moments.Surprisingly side two (which overall is a little stronger)starts with another number which positively benefits from Latham's production. No Place Lke Home is a great Difford lyric which turns the issue of domestic violence around so that it is the male who we find to be the victim. Very much like Last Time Forever, the suspense and threat of violence is allowed to brood rather smoothly yet sinisterly until errupting in the final verses. The ultimate payoff is then realised by a grandiose vocal performance from the wonderful Tilbrook.In other places attempts at grandiosity embarrassingly fall flat, most notably with the number Hits Of The Year. Latham cannot really be faulted for this as it is a very slight piece of songwriting which is sounds more akin to the soundtrack of a cheap television movie.However, at least Hits Of The Year is memorable, which is more than can be said about the closer I Won't Ever Go Drinking Again (?), in spite of a typically "sober" lyric from Difford on the demon drink. What is memorable for more of the right reasons is Break My Heart, although I think it would have sounded from a more stripped back production, a slightly shorter running time and a more confident vocal from Difford (his performace being typically infuriating since he could sing!). Somebody who certainly wasn't a serious signer was Jools Holland, who warbles his way unevenly through the toe-curling Heartbreaking World (unlike his jolly and quaint little ditty Wrong Side Of The Moon from 1980's Argybargy) which he co-wrote with Difford. Although this song has a competently smooth arrangement and production, unlike the mish-mash of Hits Of The Year, for example, it suffers from a well-intentioned but earnestly unsophisticated lyric about world disasters and tragedies in general, just at a time when pop musicians required someting to stop them disappearing up their collective backsides and in the wake of Live Aid.Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti should not be purchased by all but the most ardent of Squeeze collectors (unless its going cheap!), and certainly not before any of their other previous or later offerings. It does have a couple of high moments (especially No Place Like Home) but the songwriting is lacking the quality normally expected of Squeeze far too often, and when this is not the case some worthy tracks are diminished by the overblown production.
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