Sparkling Bombs - 'Spray Paint Prayers' (Nicotine Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 15:08

sparkling_bombs_cover_bigGlam week on Über Röck and French outfit Sparkling Bombs decide to sling this long player in the mail. Now before I get into this I'm going to declare that there is more than a doff of the cap towards early Manic Street Preachers and, at times, it is a little stalker-ish. I've tried to give it a fair listen and look beyond the temptation to simply write them off as nothing more than a tribute band, so here goes.

(Note to self;  no Manics references please, thank you). Right, where do I start? The cover version of 'Motown Junk' on this album sort of gives the game away (Doh!) - oh ok, it's about as hard as climbing over a soaking wet 20ft bar of soap but even the artwork is early MSP. Once you get into this record and scratch away at the surface there are some pretty decent songs on offer.The opening riff of 'Birthday' is a nudge and a wink to 'TCP' by the boys which is nice and the track that follows is entitled 'Gun Metal Grey' - I doubt that it's a tribute to my gran's barnet - another glammed up track that's got plenty of spunk, snot and trash on it. These boys have a decent grasp of 70's glam rock as well with 'Purple Bubble Boogie' made up of some nifty T. Rex-ish melody, Glitter Band drumming and a big fat glittery platform boot of a guitar sound as well. Album highlight comes in the form of  '50's Fallen Hero' which also has a great 70's attitude and feel.

In summary, I'd say 'Spray Paint Prayers' is a good album but maybe not a great one. When it's good it's good but when it's not it's a little too close to a certain Welsh Valley band who used to be excellent, and if you're going to get compared to a certain band who shouldn't be mentioned then the early years is the era to go for, right? Maybe they should have left off the cover of 'Motown Junk' - as good a song as it is, is it really needed on here?