“The Band Called Out for More” provides the absolute antithesis to a customary wet and miserable opening to our alleged warmer months. Even before a note is heard, the sheer riot of colour within the CD cover art and packaging, exhibiting breath taking vibrancy, which the music only continues to expand. Listening to Gabby Young and Other Animals, a sheer delight, like walking through a guard of honour assembled from the characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream assuming a 50 Febreze aerosol salute, so fresh and invigorating the sound.
While characteristically English idiosyncrasies suffuse the thirteen tracks, jazz infusions with world flavours mingle, adding spice and flavour, “In Your Head” blending Charleston style melodies with Gallic accordion and after a muted vocal opening to “Horatio,” Mariachi horns and rhythms infiltrate, diversifying the song to increased levels of passion. Although Gabby allows an insight into her persona lyrically, “Open” explaining a proclivity for perhaps wearing her heart too readily on a sleeve, this no warts and all expose, instead Englishness takes over, allowing a stocking top glimpse without the affinity to shock or stun. No profanities used in the making of this record.
Throughout this varied collection, two constants are maintained, the versatality and talent within the Other Animals, providing exceptionally support, plus a supplementary revitalizing aspect, Ms Young possesses an ear catchingly exquisite voice, tone and range a joy to aurally behold, although few vocal over dramatics on show. Instead beautifully phrased wording and notes elongated to benefit the song, not exhibiting a weakness for female caterwauling, which appears fashionable amid more chart friendly contenders.
It may be a cliché, but “The Band Called Out for More” literally the soundtrack to Summer, whatever the mood, climatically induced or not, this album can’t fail to raise a smile, a true and complete breath of fresh air. It’s not just the band calling out for more, I, and surely many, many others further reciprocating.