The View – Hats Off To The Buskers (2007):Review

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Produced by Owen Morris & The View
Label – 1965

From residencies in grubby Dundee pubs,to the front pages of the music magazines, three top 20 UK singles, 2007 was an explosive year for Kyle Falconer and the boys. In addition to the continual radio bombardment the band maintained their rock ‘n roll street cred and column inches, with regular skirmishes with the law, hotel operators, and toured with Babyshambles (always a guarantee of news worthiness). They mesmerized audiences with a mix of electrifying presence, unnerved levels of energy and some decent tunes. And so to an debut album that promised to replicate the live shows, and a chance to indulge in one of the year’s bright new hopes, to share with these bunch of street urchins some of the sunshine from their lives. As former Stone Roses and Primal Scream bass player Mani reminisced by saying “They’re a bunch of cheeky monkeys and I like that. They remind me of me when I was their age”.

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Producer Owen Morris worked wonders. He does nothing to shape the direction of the music, just captures the very essence of The View by simply pressing the record button. In turn the band just step up and perform their live set with no enhancements or studio trickery. Minimal takes and cut seems to work perfectly, even down to the coughing at the end of “Don’t Tell Me”. To get the full effect of their tempestuous energy the stomping opener “Coming Down” hits you like a whirling cyclone, whipping you up and spewing you out in just over two minutes. There’s a Libertines post punk charm that raises the level of adrenalin, and the singles “Superstar Tradesman” and “Wasted Little DJ’s” continually manage to charge those levels with a rabid vigour. If there is a reservation, it’s in “Face The Radio” which sounds to Kooksian for comfort, and feels pedestrian in the context of the enlivened sound they achieve elsewhere. The quality begins to wane at the back end of the record, with some unconvincing ska rehashes. But as debut albums go this has enough joie de vivre, cocky bravado and raw spirit to bur a whole in your heart and remind every listener that when The View next come to town follow the beer trail and make sure you see them. Let’s hope they don’t burn out.

8/10

Track Listing

Comin’ Down – 2:57
Superstar Tradesman – 3:13
Same Jeans – 3:33
Don’t Tell Me – 3:22
Skag Trendy – 3:00
The Don – 3:09
Face for the Radio – 3:15
Wasted Little DJ’s – 3:57
Gran’s for Tea – 2:33
Dance Into the Night – 3:05
Claudia – 2:40
Street Lights – 2:57
Wasteland – 2:26
Typical Time – 0:35

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2 responses to “The View – Hats Off To The Buskers (2007):Review

  1. Yeah I think they are, I listened to some of their follow up material but none of it was as good as their debut.

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