Body Full of Stars — Falling Angels
(Stone Premonitions Records SPCD003, 1998, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 1999-01-01Mark Dunn seems like quite a colorful guy. The leader and main songwriter for English group Body Full of Stars writes spirited Afro- and British pop and has a vocal delivery full of English wit and ballocks. Anyone who remembers Ian Dury's "Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll" will know exactly what I mean. Besides being the front man, Dunn covers bass, keys, drums and percussion, which, when combined with rest of BFoS, tends to give the 16 songs here a nicely full-bodied charge. Where Falling Angels really shines is on the Afro-pop numbers, like "The Quaking Houses," "Spirit House Dance," and "Rainbow Water..." Here the percussion and guitars combine to generate some great dance grooves while Dunn spreads his catchy vocals over the top. Though "Paranoid Conspiracy" leans heavily on Chili Peppers funk, and "Bottles" delivers Madness-flavored ska/pop, the meat of Falling Angels is pure, unadulterated Afro-pop. If moving your feet to these kinds of rhythms suits your fancy then this is a disc I highly recommend.
Related artist(s): Body Full of Stars
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