A cartoon of Specky Third Eye listening to Sgt Pepper by The Beatles

I recently subscribed to Spotify and of course I want to get my money’s worth. So my genius idea is to start an album review section here at Oddball Times for the most unusual, unheard and underground music. So hold onto your ears folks and here goes…

This month I came across an album called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I love it’s colourful artwork with the band members disguised as famous people. Maybe they want to stay anonymous like Slipknot or Sia. Who knows? All I can say is that there’s a lot of them. I counted at least 60, so let’s see if they’re any good.

After the initial racket of them sorting their instruments out, which I would have thought they would do before starting to record, is the title song, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It was all about who they were and how they got together. Clearly this is a group so underground that they feel the need to introduce themselves. Hopefully their next album will be more music than introduction.

“With A Little Help From My Friends” is the second song which is about not singing out of key but it’s out of key. Maybe the singer should concentrate on playing the drums rather than laying down any more vocals.

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” is a bit vague. I’ve no clue what the song’s about. Maybe if these guys took some drugs for inspiration, rather than listening to a brass band playing in the park they would come up with better song lyrics.

“Getting Better” is okay but it gets better with the next track, “Fixing A Hole” which is about DIY, painting, and filling cracks and holes. There seems to be two main singers both with good voices but I doubt they’ll do well if they decide to go solo.

“Within You Without You” brings in some unexpected eastern sounding instruments but it sounds too much like the music I can hear when I duck past my local Yoga class. “When I’m Sixty Four” is a fantastic song but I wonder what the band will think when they’re actually that age?

All in all I would say this album is harking back to the good old times and copying the classic bands like Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and Oasis but they have potential.

I’ll give this effort 3 guitars 🎸🎸🎸

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