THE GREEN PAJAMAS Death By Misadventure (Green Monkey)
It suddenly occurred to me the other week that I hadnt listened to anything by The Green Pajamas for a while and so a quick search of the net revealed that since I got their Poison In The Russian Room album way back in 2009 they have not just been sitting back and twiddling their thumbs. It turns out I have a bit of catching up to do as they have released two studio albums, a compilation of rarities and an EP! A quick email to my favourite CD importer means that I now have these four dics to add to the collection. Death By Misadventure is really the follow-up to Poision
, even through Country! came inbetween, because as the title suggests, that is something of a diversion for the band. As is Death By Misadventure really, as for the first time in their career the band have produced something of a concept album. Based around the life cycle of a bee colony, the first half The Fall Of The Queen Bee - opens with You Cant Look. a classic GP rocker, and it is as if they have never been away. Jeffs sublime vocals over a rollicking backing, and interspersed with backwards guitar, all make for a great start to the album. Ring Around The Sun is a slower piece, with child-like backing vocals, and is over in a minute and three-quarters, leading straight into The Universe Is Full Of Noise, which is more upbeat and features some scuzzy guitar, but is over just as quickly as Ring
. Sky Blue Balloon is a nice psyche-pop tune, and it is not until we get to The Queens Last Tango that the concept really becomes clear. This is the Pajamas at their psychedelic best, with out-there lyrics, a psyche-infused gypsy tango of a tune, and a superb acid-guitar instrumental coda. Silks Last Hour is a soulful ballad, while the waltz of The Queen Bee Is Dead and the piano-led Wrong Home bring this song-cycle to a close. The second half of the album is sub-titled Cruel Dreams, Cruel Things, and is a collection of unconnected songs, more in line with a normal Green Pajamas release. Of these A Piece Of A Dream , Beat Me Sally and Christabel are stand-out tracks, although really there are no bad songs on here. Its another superb album by the band, and I would expect nothing less.
You Can't Look