The Boo Radleys
Giant Steps


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pangea USER (7 Reviews)
September 11th, 2015 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When I start to look back.

On a minisite especially made for Giant Steps’ 20 year anniversary, you can read interesting flashbacks by the band members about this album. Here, the members from this Britpop band think back about the process of making the record and give their interpretations of the album. The most interesting one is from singer Sice Rowbottam. In his writing piece, he said that the album sounds like they were loose children, not under the supervision of an adult (or in this case, a producer) - not worrying about how it should be, but just experiment and play

And I can see that. Giant Steps sure is pretty interesting. To give two of the most obvious examples: the instrumentation is fascinating with its abundance of flutes and horns and the album sometimes explores a bit into noise rock with small noise parts (In the intro of “Upon 9th and Fairchild”, for example). These points provide a great variance within the album, which is actually one of its greatest strengths. This success can be contributed to the excellent song writing. The Boo Radleys make sure that all songs clearly differ from one way to another, giving something special to each individual track while maintaining their cohesion with each other.

This bit of experimentation doesn’t affect the album’s accessibility in any way. It actually has a lot of just straight up pop songs. “Wish I Was Skinny” is probably the most blatant one; it has quite a simple song structure and is really catchy. The Boo Radleys still make sure that the instrumentation in this song is interesting: the song features great guitar playing and a bit of horns on the background. Or take another highlight, the up-tempo “Barney (…and me)”, which is just as catchy with its energetic guitars and great melody. “Lazarus” was arguably the biggest hit from Giant Steps, but it’s also the least obvious single of out all the singles. It doesn’t really have a chorus and is not crazy catchy. Instead it’s mainly a memorable single because of the blasting horns.

Unfortunately does not everything work in Giant Steps, especially the vocal effects used in some tracks are not good: they are more distracting than interesting. The most clear example is in “Spun Around”; this track has a fantastic intro, with a lovely flute and an acoustic guitar, but that gentle moment is completely ruined when the vocals come in. Luckily are those moments quite sparse.

Giant Steps closes with the track “The White Noise Revisited’’ and it’s a fitting one. It is a perfect representation of the album: it has its typical instrumentation, those annoying vocal effects (although they work better than on “Spun Around”) and captures their more pop moments with the singing of the line “hey, what’s that noise/do you remember”. That line might be the best moment of Giant Steps; a joyful moment of singing together which begs to sing along. This is what Giant Steps is: a catchy, varied album with colorful instrumentation.



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zakalwe
September 11th 2015


34453 Comments


This album is legendary

Pangea
September 11th 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for the review a random album game



huge thanks to ComeToDaddy for proofreading



minisite i'm refering to http://www.booradleys.co.uk/giantsteps/



lazarus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3syHCPMJucM



Wish i was skinny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0VAe1C6GAk



the white noise revisited https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UrnFuKnu6Y

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Pangea
September 11th 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah great pick for the game arcade

zakalwe
September 11th 2015


34453 Comments


'Wake Up Boo' is the worst thing ever laid down on record

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
September 11th 2015


22499 Comments


I'm in the Arcade camp & not in the zakalwe camp... "Wake Up Boo" is my favourite Boo Radley's song. Ahhh, nostalgia.

Pangea
September 11th 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wake up boo is really great yeah

zakalwe
September 11th 2015


34453 Comments


Are you lot all off your faces on 'e' or summat?

Cygnatti
September 11th 2015


35270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yas so much jams on dis

Cygnatti
September 11th 2015


35270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wake up it's a beautiful morning! :D

Pangea
September 11th 2015


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A lot of them

Hurricanslash
September 11th 2015


1831 Comments


Finally this album get's a review. About damn time. Now I should try to finish my review für Bluetile Lounge.

BallsToTheWall
September 11th 2015


50429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see this reviewed.

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Sinternet
September 11th 2015


24230 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer Wake Up! to this but it's still pretty great.

protokute
April 1st 2016


1499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the only album that comes to my mind when listening to this is S.C.I.E.N.C.E from Incubus, because of the diversity of styles and goodness of both.

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Pangea
June 17th 2016


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a great album

Hovse
February 10th 2017


2728 Comments


This is nice tbh

Pangea
February 10th 2017


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

zakalwe
February 28th 2018


34453 Comments


Bump

IsildursBane44
November 20th 2020


637 Comments


Wow Wish I was Skinny is incredible. What a gem!

Pangea
November 20th 2020


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great track yeah. It's time for a relisten for this



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