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Album Review

Taking up where Peel left off, the last Coctails album is a guitar-based, autumnal record. But while Peel was made great by its eclecticism, this album is dominated by lengthy, slow instrumental pieces. Without the unrestrained fun of their early material or the polished pop of their heyday, the record sags. The album flies by in an occasionally pretty, but unmemorable haze — in fact it sounds more like background music for a film than an official release. With nothing to break up the monotony of 55 minutes of instrumental guitar, the album stands as an unfortunate end to an excellent career.

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The Coctails - S/T

The final album from one of the late eighties/early nineties great but little known bands finds them starting down the path that Archer Prewitt would take on his solo career. His influence seems the krux of the inspiration for this project. Following up on their fantastic "Peel" album, "The Coctails" expands on the more etherial moments of it's predecessor. Gone are the heavier driving rhythms that punctuate the landscape of Peel, they are replaced with a softer more measured tone which at times seems a melancholy ode to the fact that their fantastic partnership is coming to an end with this album. Their musicianship has truly matured on this album, and for those of us who first heard their musical chairs approach of the early Hi ball years, it seems like a lifetime between this album and their first beat inspired vinyl offerings. "The Coctails" is an album that requires, and deserves, a number of listens to truly understand and appreciate all the things that are being said, both by the lyrics and by the music itself.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Progenitors of the lounge revival movement, kitsch-pop icons the Coctails formed in Kansas City in 1989; making their debut at an area art gallery clad in matching yellow tuxedos complete with maroon bowties. The group (singers/multi-instrumentalists Archer Prewitt, Mark Greenberg, John Upchurch, and Barry Phipps) forged a unique, eclectic sound celebrating the sound and imagery of '50s-era space age bachelor pad music, drawing influence from everyone from Miles Davis to Martin Denny. After issuing...
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