Die erste Vorladung (XI)
‘You Watch Too Many Films, My Dear’ is filled to the brim with exquisitely danceable tunes. Opening track ‘Chagrin D’Amour’ sets the tone and immediately takes the listener ‘by the hand’ for an enjoyable walk through love scenes, revenge and the occasional feeling of insecurity. The album sounds very retro and very honest. Kristof Uittebroek’s silky smooth voice flourishes in these songs. It feels as though Uittebroek has enjoyed writing this album from start to finish, a pleasure that is absolutely present during live performances. This love-affair with the past results in a beautifully filmic experience; the lovely melodies together with Uittebroeks deep, warm voice make for extremely captivating music.
Even though Customs had a distinctly different sound and a darker “feel”, this solo project resembles some of the more extravert songs of the second album, ‘Harlequins Of Love’. For example ‘Only After Dark’ and even ‘Onwards and Upwards’ have the same playful aspect, as well as being stories in their own right, but here the comparison ends. It is uncertain whether Customs-fans will enjoy ‘You Watch Too Many Films, My Dear’, as the New Wave/Factory Records sound that is so very often ascribed to their debut album ‘Enter The Characters’ is not at all present in August Albert’s repertoire. The 1980’s New Wave has been replaced with 1960’s light pop, including organs and brass instruments.
It goes to show that Uittebroek is a great entertainer (whose dance moves are not easily outdone) as well as a very versatile artist. The first single’s chorus and organ-arrangement (Such A Fool) will never quite leave your mind, and the melody in ‘Don’t Wait Up For Me’ is another one that will find a way into your memory, where it will remain. The album as a whole could be described as ‘crooner’, with both a cheesy and a slick, polished side (‘Jackie’s Waltz’ versus ‘Elephant’). This little 60’s revival is definitely worth your while. The songs are accessible and very fleet-footed, and it is hard not to dance and sing along.
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