Morcheeba “Blood Like Lemonade”

After being gone for almost as long as they had been together, Morcheeba are back to see whether they’re still relevant. They may not make any new fans, but their old ones should be mighty chuffed that the band is having another go at it.
This record reminds me of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “The Rapture.” It’s just a little too happy to really be them. And as sure as we were happy to hear “O Baby” then, we’re happy to hear “Even Though” now. And we can perhaps revel in their happiness, because 15 years is a long time to be depressed anyway. Hopefully they can give the members of Portishead a call to see whether they can be brought out of their funk as well.
“Mandala” is a nice interlude, complete with some classic samples. It’s the most true-to-the-original of the tracks. A pity that it’s less than three minutes long. Other tracks show the band’s evolution. “I Am the Spring” doesn’t even have percussion. It sounds like a Tracey Thorn track.
“Cut to the Bass” is another winner. It has the old sound but still has an original feel to it. This is what it’s all about. “Beat of the Drum” is a good one to take a nap to. Listening to Morcheeba always puts me in a special place.

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