|Baby Scream - 'Secret Place' (Eternal Sunday)|
|Written by Craggy|
|Sunday, 20 November 2011 05:30|
Argentina's Baby Scream are a band with some international weight, with no fewer than seven albums and EPs being previously released in countries such as Germany, the UK and USA. With songs in English, and tours from South America to Norway, Baby Scream have a great deal of global coverage.
'Secret Place', then, is their 8th studio album, and the first through Eternal Sunday Records. 'Secret Place' embodies a laid-back type of rock 'n' roll that aims to charm with stories of childhood memories. 'The Last Call' kicks off the album in swaggering style, proving to be one of the more raucous tunes on the album. Its foot-tapping beat, sweet guitar licks and organ tones open the album in a free-flowing '60s vibe.
This retro style continues with Stones-style guitar-work and Beatles melodies abound. The single 'Hit and Run' carries an openly Lennon-esque feel that is honest and charming, tackling that particular sound that is in a way reminiscent of Darrell Bath circa 'Love and Hurt'.
The open-style of Baby Scream allows them to enter into the realms of country on this record, which they do with relative ease. The title track, 'Secret Place', is an upbeat rhythmic country/folk number with the voice of Juan Pablo Mazzola sounding almost like Tom Petty at times. Happy with their ability to delve in to various genres, they take a page from the Stones book and try their hand at reggae. The result is 'Cold Weather Reggae', which is not a bad attempt, but it doesn't stand out as a great track in itself.
The album has an overpowering sense of dreamlike wonder. From the darkness of 'Going North' through the soft 'Patiently' to the trippy and sometimes nightmarish 'London Sun', the album is a bit of a tour through the '60s inspired musical senses. 'Bad Seed', 'Eating My Face', and 'The Atmosphere', the latter with some great violin work, are true acoustic gems. At rare times the album can disappear in to the background, but it is a predominantly varied and vibrant piece of work that is well worth tuning in to.