ALBUM REVIEW: The Unconventionals “Flower To The People”

Record Label: Western Songs
Release Date: 26.07.2010

If the name sounds familiar, then you may want to cast your mind back to the 2006 series of the X Factor. The Unconventionals (albeit with a slightly different line up), made it all the way to the top twelve, before being booted off in week one. Four years later they are back with their debut album “Flower to the People”.

A little reticent when first asked to review this album, I can honestly admit that after my second listen, it’s definitely a grower. Two listens are definitely required to get your head round the 60/70’ throwback feel, something which is actually quite refreshing in a world where the charts seem to be constantly bombarded with yet another R & B sensation.

The group describe themselves as “kitsch, harmony and fun!”, and “Flower to the People” is certainly this. With a collection of songs as sunny and bright as the album cover, I challenge you not to find yourself bopping along to this album.

The Carpenters, Mama Cass, and The Mamas and Papas are listed as the influences and it is easy to see this in tracks such as “Everything’s Easy”, and the Mamas and Papas classic “Dedicated to the One I Love”. “Strawberry Sunshine” has the feel of The Fifths Dimensions “Aquarius”, about it, and is definitely one of the highlights of the album.

The only track that seems slightly out of place is the cover of The Sugababes “Push the Button”. Although the group faultless harmonies abound, for me it just doesn’t sit well with the other chosen tracks on the album.

Andrew, Kelly, Drew, Laura, Mel and Tom want to bring “Sunshine pop back into vogue”, but I’m not sure today’s younger generations are ready for this. One thing is for certain, this is definitely a marmite album. You’ll either love it or hate it, but there is no middle ground!

Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

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Ella Montclare “The words are no longer restricted to my own experiences”
Patch William “We were mistaken yesterday for Patrick Williams”
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Magic Polar Bears “There just isn’t enough money in football”
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Hayden Cohen “The fact it’s free means that people either want to see my show or not”
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Candice Hirson “Art is the expression of the self”


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Book: Georgette Heyer “Arabella”
Film: Dark City
Designer of the Month: Loula Creates
Steal My Style: Alex
The Way I Saw It: Vancouver

Reviews:-
Albums: The Saurdays “Headlines!”, The Lost Cavalry “Waves Freeze to Rolling Hills”, The Unconventionals “Flower to the People”, Lotte Mullan “Plain Jane”, Young & The Lost Club Compilation
Singles of The Month: Charlene Soraia “When We Were Five” and Jukebox Collective “Icon Parade”
Live Music: The Bombay Bicycle Club, Seth Lakeman, CBSO Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Theatre: The Butler, TeakShow’s Inner Nutter, Portraits of An Actress, Mum’s The Word
DVD: Otto Or Up With The Dead People, Shutter Island, The Blind Side, Psycho
Books: Gavin Esler “Power Play”, Seth “George Sprott”, Tom McCarthy “C”, Sandra Newman “Changeling: A Memoir of Parents Lost & Found”

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