El Presidente

By on Sunday, 22nd October 2006 at 4:33 pm

Debut album from Scotland’s El Presidente is quite possibly the campest release of the last year, with their album sounding a mix between Prince and the Beegees. Oh yes, it’s really that good. The band beat other Scottish bands Franz Ferdinand and KT Tunstall to the title of most stylish Scottish Band of the Year in 2005, however one wonders if this might have taken priority over the music, which whilst incredibly catchy and memorable, isn’t anything particularly memorable.

First song “Without you” starts with brilliant and instantly memorable drums and guitars, before falling into an unfortunate repetitive and extremely catchy chrorus.

“Rocket” can get a bit grating and repetitive, but is still a great disco song with a catchy guitar and effects.

“Count on me” has some of the highest vocals possible by a guy, and Dante’s voice will have you either hooked on the album or loathing it, unable to listen anymore past the end of the track.

“If you say you love me” reminds me of some cheesy mid 90’s boy-band / girl-band choreographed dancing, however much like those mid-90’s bands, you can’t help but be addicted to it: you can imagine 12 year old girls dancing to it, and radio stations loving it.

Much of the album could be used in an expensive stage musical, with a massive carefully choreographed cast dancing to tracks like “Hangin’ Around” (could fit into Bugsy Malone extremely easily) “Old Times”.

So much like a sickly sweet desert, you know its not any good for you, but just can’t stop listening. It’s memorable, yet so cheesy and camp it hurts.

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