Beneath the curiously comic name, cabaret presentation and funky instrumentals, lurks a band of the sort that used to be signed by major record labels. A band whose sound and style develop from one album to the next, a band whose career evolves and matures. If The Voodoo Trombone Quartet's debut was described as a 'future cult classic' (Future Music) then 'Again' must surely be, simply, a classic.
The long-awaited and keenly anticipated second album from The Voodoo Trombone Quartet fulfills the tantalising promise of their progressively more polished 10" vinyl EPs: 'The Phantom' (2007) and 'Vibrations' (2008). 'Again' showcases wonderful songwriting on tracks like 'So Innocent' or 'South Westerly' (the forthcoming summer single that has radio written all over it) and sees the band shake off their early 'ska' tag.
The songs here are at once accessible and positive without being either trite or corny. They are unashamedly 'grown-up' pop, without being boring or middle aged. They have the confident smile of youthfulness playing across their faces; bold, bright funk; tight production and warm vinyl flavors and even include a reggae-tinged take on the Rocksteady Crew's eighties b-boy anthem.
From a bedroom joke - creating a record to match a made-up name - to a full album, to an 8 piece live band; from brushes with the UK download charts, to numerous festival gig triumphs, an MTV theme tune and sound tracking Ugly Betty, through the 2009 release of Little BIG Planet on the Sony PSP and finally to a second album of irresistible pop, VTQ could never be accused of resting on their laurels. In an age of hype and hyperbole, 'Again' is a genuine triumph. It's an album that shines with an inner joy. An album of humanity, intelligence, humour, independence of spirit and a singular vision with the odd knowingly tongue in cheek moment.
This is a record that shouldn't really be, doesn't quite fit the box and yet, somehow, is a marvelous and wonderful thing that will bring summer sunshine and more to many, again and 'AGAIN'.