I used to own a shirt with the following text on the front: “I Only Listen To Bands That Don’t Exist Yet.” The shirt, of course, was a snarky reference to elitist music fans debating trivial preferences, with exclamations like “I prefer the demo,” or “I only listen to the live version from that one show back in the ’80s.”
But still, I can relate to music fans prefering the early material of artists. The early stuff often has a level of spontaneity, naivety, energy and pureness that is hard to retrieve in later releases. That certainly applies to RetroSpectacle by Dany Laj and The Looks. Without taking anything away from the band’s past couple of records of energetic powerpop, which have been decidedly great, I may like this greatest hits compilation featuring the best songs of the early records and singles even more.
RetroSpectacle truly showcases Dany Laj’s talent for writing hooky guitar driven power pop, and there isn’t a song I don’t like on this comp. If you are already a fan, the renewed acquantaince with songs like Sweet Pretender (the first Dany Laj song I fell for) and Best Thing In Town will be a joy. If you are unfamiliar with these songs, I envy you for experiencing them for the first time.
Add this to you wantlist. No add this to your cart, and give Dany, Snap! Records, Kick Out the Jam Records (Spain), or Rum Bar (CD-version) your money!