1994: SBK/Food K2-29194
My enduring impression of Park Life is that of the chorus/title being honked off-key (deliberately and skilfully) by my coworker Spencer in the Glasgow office of Wizards of the Coast whenever the song happened to play on the CD/radio. That its a smug little smirk of a track on its own is just redundant in that context, but it does also have so many lovely little touches throughout that I still love to listen to it.
The juicily tight guitar flourishes on Girls & Boys are in a similar categoryeasily lost in the wake of the dominant first impression but so very tasty and worthy of consideration when you can get round to them. Its a niftily amusing song even if you cant hear the details, richly clustered with hit-and-run lyrical nuggets summarizing modern lifes most superficial minutiae and the whole boy/girl scene and highlighting the quirky nuances of gender interplay.
This Is a Low is probably my favorite track on Park Life, with the two aforementioned songs arguably competing for First Place on their amusement value. But this one has a feeling of both the profoundly presented Contemporary English Life theme that pervades this album and the wide-reaching wrapup that scope asks for (it doesnt quite meet that challenge, but it does provide a fine closing note even if it is followed by a bit of additional culturally relevant fluff). It ebbs and flows like tide at dead seaside towns, but here theres color in the clouds and more than a little love of country to warm the scene, as well as irony.
I dont think theres a bad track on this album, although some are weaker than others. But talk about quibbling!
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.