Saturday, December 20, 2008

2008 Top-20 Countdown - No.1

Beangrowers - Not In A Million Lovers

Beangrowers. is a group from Malta, that small island between Italy and Africa, with a long history of conquerors, knights and wars. Ian Schranz and Mark Sansone met in church and were childhood friends from the age of 8, and later started playing music together. They were joined by mutual friend Alison Galea, who proved to be a capable singer, According to the band's official site, the name "Beangrowers" was given by a fan when a promoter demanded a name for the posters. Their single "The Priest" was featured in the soundtrack of the Wim Wenders film "Land Of Plenty". "Not In A Million Lovers" is their fourth album (their first was released in 1999, first demos dating back to 1996). Why is it on the top of my list? Because it is the one that touched me the most throughout the year, the one I never, ever skipped a song while playing, the one I learned all the lyrics in a matter of days and keep singing along all songs when listening to it (and when not some times!), the one that got the most plays from me by quite a difference from the rest of the music I listen to. Their music, influenced by 80's pop, indie rock, punk and goth, reminds me very much of woman-fronted groups like The Pretenders, Blondie, The Motels. Alison's voice is sweet but sultry, and the band performs with gusto both on the album and live. Even though they perform in English, they are most popular in Central European countries, like Germany, where they finished a tour this month. Give them a listen, you will not be dissapointed!

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  1. Αυτό κι αν ήταν προβλέψιμο!!!!
    Από την αρχή το περίμενα, χο χο χο!
    (και τι να το κάνω το κείμενο, ξέρω ;) )

    (ωραίοι είναι, πάντως! Αλλά όνομα για συγκρότημα είναι αυτό βρε παιδί μου???? )

    Μπράβο Στράτε μας :)

  2. Spiralling και πάλι Spiralling :-P