Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Orange Juice - Rip it Up (1982)

Rip It Up is Orange Juice’s iconic and seminal sophomore LP. Released almost 30 years ago it has since influenced more bands than you can count on a handful of hands. The titular track was their biggest success as a group, rising to number 8 on the UK singles chart and is seriously one of the catchiest, funkiest, and jammin’est jams ever written. For those not familiar, their sound was a mix of post punk, new wave, funk, and disco behind Edwyn Collins ironic lyrics and low and deep tessitura. From start to finish, the album is a pretty eclectic record; from the super synthesized opening hit to the seamlessly blended African influences on “Hokoyo” to the almost country twang of the closing track, “Tenterhook.” In summary, a classic record from a classic group.

Rating: 9/10


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