Duncan Reid and The Big Heads “The Difficult Second Album”

TDSAlbumBright yellow art-work, and piano intro. You know from the start that you’re not listening to your typical spiked hair/studded jacket punk rock band although DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS are on Germany’s best punk rock label, Wanda records.
“Just As Good As I Used To Be” opens with a sweet, catchy melody and makes you ready for some sunny powerpop (“Little Fingers and Toes”, “Another City”) and neon electric new wave (“Baby Doll”…) It’s actually not very surprising to hear such fine melodies on these songs since Duncan Reid used to be in The BOYS!
“Joe” and “Long Long Gone” are spiced up with 70s glam touches, and add even more colour to this sparkly album. Of course, the spirit of The BOYS can be heard, especially in “C’est La Vie”, “Wasting Time”, “One Night In Rio”, and “End Of The World”, but you’ll even hear a bit of unexpected spacey SUPERTRAMP in “When We Were Young” and in “Not The Kind Of Guy”!
“The Difficult Second Album” is actually not difficult at all, especially if you’re like me and you’ve never heard the first one! Sugar pop choruses, bubblegum punk hooks, and a slight touch of 60s/70s lightness/melancholy in a BEACH BOYS way, DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS is the ideal band to start the year with./Laurent C.

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