Play 90 second soundbite of 'Mango Lassie' @ 'CD quality'
For ease I'll refer to the artist as simply CQB - CQB isn't just Mister Competence, oh, no, CQB appears to be somewhat of a philanthropic concern; willing to share his poptastic work with anyone and everyone but more than happy to just cover his costs and prepared to donate large percentages of his musical 'income' to charity. Now you can't say that about many musical 'acts', especially of the 'unsigned' variety. So, well done that man! And, well done also for being a complete, bordering on clinically insane, music-head. For CQB just think 00's Jonathan King; you know, that kind of infectious and slightly absurd pop music that only we Brits seem able to come up with. Now, I don't mean that to sound bad but, CQB is definitely sitting somewhere within that 'cast your cares to the winds' pop, that 'let's not take this too seriously' pop, that sort of self-deprecating pop that always has its heart in these fair Isles of ours.
There's nothing to get all worked up about with CQB's music - well, nothing that challenges, nothing that sets the nerves jangling. Oh no, CQB's music is pure unadulterated, flowery, sugary pop. But, this guy, this musician, this band, this act completely exudes musical frivolity, not trite crap but educated observational, social commentary type pop. CQB seems to have lots to say in his music and he sure knows how to make his sweet poetry into syrupy pop music. CQB makes charming pop music, pop music that comes straight from the man's heart, straight as an arrow, aimed straight at listener's pop-jugular!
I've noticed a few 'borrowed' riffs and fills here and there and they really made me smile and actually, that's what this whole album has made me do now I come to think of it; this is a good, long chunk of music that comes in at about sixty-eight minutes and I've only just realised that I've been sitting with a smile on my face throughout all of it. There are some crackingly funny and some real soppy lyrics flying around in these songs - it's all perfectly charming and such bloody good fun - don't take it too seriously, just take it in the spirit it's given and enjoy the 'music' for exactly what it is - a bit of well meant respite from the overly taxing and all too serious assemblages out there!!
'Hope So' by Crazy Quilt Bouquet is pure pop escapism, a finely blended chunk of musical 'seaside rock' (that's 'rock' as in a long, sweet, sugary stick of confection of circular section rather than 'rock' as in 'music'!) Crazy Quilt Bouquet aka Robin Cowpertwait has done a fantastic DIY job here - the man's sure got talent and can turn his hand to just about anything musical. 'Hope So' by Crazy Quilt Bouquet is wonderfully conceived, lovingly assembled and tenderly crafted and a real piece of Brit-pop of the highest order!
Hope So' isn't gonna be for everyone but if you're partial to typically British, cheerful and uplifting pop music then you'll love 'Hope So'. However, if you want to be challenged and/or confronted musically, 'Hope So' may just be a tad too popsicle for you. I'm still smiling, I'm still entertained - it's all too sweet for me but I just can't help bloody well lovin' it!!