Primitives at Big Takeover

Let’s hear it for not reinventing the wheel. Back with their first album in nearly 25 years (not counting 2012’s low key all covers Echoes & Rhymes), Spin-O-Rama finds the Coventry quartet sticking to what they knew/know best: simple, buzzy little pop songs (think a jangly C86 take on pre-fame Blondie) that get in, make their point (albeit a vaguely expressed one), and stop. Back in their chart bothering late 80’s U.K. hey day, singer Tracy Tracy, guitarist Paul Court and their rhythm section pals enjoyed lots of attention from the NME/Melody Maker/Sounds weekly music press and waxed a couple of major label records. These days they’re operating on more modest terms but, for better or worse, sound about the same. And “Petals” buried at track eight, ranks up their with their best.

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