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MP3 Saville - Nostalgia

Smooth cool and funky tunes from Ireland''s finest soul-boys, ''One of the best albums of the year" -The Sunday Times

13 MP3 Songs in this album (43:11) !
Related styles: POP: 60''s Pop, POP: Power Pop

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Dublin band Saville are musical time travellers extraordinaire, blending all the best bits of pop into one completely original package. All four members are passionate about music, and the band is known for their innate ability to traverse a wide range of styles and genres with apparent ease. Not only can they turn their collective hands to Burt Bacharach inspired pop, Byrdsian rock, and guitar-driven indie tunes, they can also throw in the odd stray reggae rhythm, and can come up with something as unexpected as the Jacques Brel-like ''City of Engineers''. Purposely eclectic and openly acknowledged influences come together in original songs in the jangly Rickenbacker-driven
guitar pop tradition.

Saville are Ken O''Duffy on vocals and guitar, brother Vinny on bass, Tony
"Tosh" Flood on guitar, piano, vocals and assorted other instruments, and Joey Fitzgerald on drums. All hail from Coolock on Dublin''s northside, and all have been friends since their schooldays.

Their self-financed debut album Is Anybody Happier Today, released in 2000 on their own bdb label received rave reviews, and was declared one of Ireland''s finest albums in recent years. The band received tremendous accolades for their superb grasp of songwriting and pop sensibility, and soon they were playing to packed houses in Dublin and beyond. They were the first unsigned band to appear on BBC''s prestigious music programme Top Of The Pops 2, and also earned an appearance on MTV''s Unsigned. The follow-up album Somnambular Ballads, released October 2003 on the Dublin indie Reekus label, was again hailed as "not just one of the best Irish albums of 2003, but one of the best albums of the year, period". (Evening Herald), with
all the critics agreeing that the album highlights the band''s talent for fusing heavenly pop with masterful songwriting.

And let''s face it, soul and funk are not genres that we Irish have traditionally excelled in, but with their third studio album Dublin pop four-piece Saville have broken the mould and succeeded where others have failed. This is probably because there''s no sense of imitation here - it''s more like an organic merging of genres, identity and influences. Nostalgia seems an appropriate title for an album clearly influenced by classic soul and 70s funk as well as the 60s pop rock of The Beatles, The Kinks and The Zombies, but it is the lyrics of the title track that really sum up the ethos of this record - "Nostalgia''s fine/but when it plays on your mind/Don''t look back, don''t ever look back".

Words like smooth, cool and funky are inherently un-Irish, but Saville have managed to incorporate a clear sense of Irish identity, with lyrics reproaching "too much Catholic guilt" and siting Dublin place names, within an album that is just that. There''s a subdued, tranquil ambience among these tracks that make it perfect summer evening music, but more up-tempo moments mean it''s not solely limited to that.

The opening strings, Spanish guitar and old-fashioned trumpet of The Lonely Ghost and the cowboy guitar contrasted with ghostly reverberating backing vocals of Flares stand out from the album''s prevailing vibe to prove Saville are no one trick pony. And while Sweet Music delves further into funk, it has a depth and authenticity their peers lack.

Through a mixture of self-assurance and retro fusion, Saville have created a timeless quality among these songs which suggests that Nostalgia will have a certain lasting power that''s rare among albums these days, a feeling compounded by the fact that it only gets better with repeated listens.

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