Monday, August 29, 2005


A Word In Your Ear (2002)
The Lighthouse Keeper (2002)
(from A Word In Your Ear)

A friend was recently talking about a new record that Alfie was coming out with, and it was one of those moments where you start to think about a band that had become an afterthought. When A Word In Your Ear came out in 2002, Britpop was not on my favorite genre list but it did make my "all right to listen to and tell your friends about" list. About a year later the record was selected to accompany me to work and has graced my collection ever since. Their first full length (If You Happy with You Need Do Nothing), released a year before A Word In Your Ear, is definitely better overall but both albums are quality. Their third album (Do You Imagine Things) is foreign to me, and the new album is called Crying at Teatime.

It seems like Alfie's releases have not received much love on this side of the pond, but maybe the tracks above will gain the band a few more fans. They aren't going to change the world or make you like bunny rabbits. However, maybe you'll sing along in the steps to change. Baby steps. Enjoy.


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